Australia-China Free Trade Agreement negotiations

Sixteenth round of negotiations

July 2011

The 16th round of negotiations on the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was held in Canberra from 5-7 July 2011. Both sides used the round to undertake a stocktake of each others' positions and sensitivities and to clarify the status of the text to date.

On market access for goods both sides updated and clarified priorities and concerns regarding our respective offers and requests. The two sides continued to make progress narrowing differences in trade in goods, rules of origin, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues, technical barriers to trade (TBT) and customs procedures.

Australia and China made progress on developing text for the services and investment chapters. On services and investment market access we completed a useful stocktake of our positions, and agreed to exchange more information so that we can clarify our requests.

Negotiators also re-examined all provisions on the table in the institutional and framework, intellectual property and electronic commerce chapters, clarifying the texts. Discussions will continue on these chapters at the next round and also on dispute settlement and transparency. Australia again restated its interest in including provisions on government procurement as well as on competition policy in the FTA. China indicated it would develop a draft chapter on co-operation for the next round.

We would be pleased to receive any updated submissions from industry or interested stakeholders.

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