EEU and China sign agreement on trade and economic cooperation

ASTANA (TCA) — The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and China on May 17 signed an agreement on trade and economic cooperation, the first major systematic arrangement ever reached between the two sides, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

The document was signed by Chinese Vice-Minister of Commerce Fu Ziying, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Tigran Sargsyan and representatives of the EEU member states at the Astana Economic Forum that kicked off on the same day.

The agreement covers 13 aspects such as customs cooperation, trade facilitation, intellectual property rights, sectoral cooperation and government procurement, including new topics like e-commerce and competition.

China and the EEU agreed to further simplify procedures of customs clearance and cut costs of trade in goods by strengthening cooperation and exchange of information between each other.

The agreement is expected to take effect as early as the beginning of 2019.

Marking a new stage where China’s trade and economic cooperation with the EEU has upgraded from being driven by projects to being guided by rules and regulations, the agreement is seen as a milestone in driving the integration of the Belt and Road Initiative and the EEU framework.

It is expected to help further reduce non-tariff trade barriers, create a better environment for industrial development and promote the in-depth development of economic and trade relations between China and the EEU.

Established in 2015, the EEU now includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

In May 2015, China and Russia signed joint declarations on integrating the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the framework of the EEU.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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