Germany has high demand for pepper. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam-Germany trade relations will thrive on the back of the freshly inked free trade and investment deals, including the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), according to insiders. Nguyen Son Tra, deputy head of the WTO and Trade Negotiation Division under the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Multilateral Trade Policy Department, said the EVFTA will bring distinct advantages to Vietnamese goods as right after the deal takes effect, 85.6 percent of the tax lines imposed on Vietnamese goods, or 70.3 percent of the country’s exports to the EU will be reduced in the first year. Meanwhile, the lifted tariffs will be 99.2 percent, or 99.7 percent of the country’s total export turnover to the bloc, in the next seven years, she said. Particularly, Germany, together with the UK and the Netherlands, has been Vietnam’s leading importer … [Read more...] about Free trade, investment deals to boost Vietnam-Germany trade ties
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By Amit Shah November 4, 2019, shall go down as an historic milestone for India’s bold decision to stay away from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The decision also cements India’s growing stature as a country that is rock solid in its resolve to not only protect its own interests, but also to boldly ward off any attempts to being arm-twisted. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, New India reflects a new self-confidence. India’s not joining RCEP was summed up by the PM himself: ‘Whenever I try and gauge India’s interest in light of her joining RCEP, I do not get an answer in the affirmative; neither Gandhiji’s policy of self-reliance nor my wisdom allows me to join RCEP.’ What makes this decision significant is that this has yet again demonstrated that the PM can go to any extent to safeguard the interests of farmers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), textile, dairy and manufacturing, medicine, … [Read more...] about View: By saying no to RCEP, PM Modi has kept India first
Global pandemics that impact on food supplies are scary things.The latest threat comes from African swine fever, a highly contagious virus with no known cure, and a near zero survival rate for infected pigs.The good news is that the disease is not harmful to human health. The bad news is that it will probably hurt our wallets. The epicentre of the current crisis is China, the world's biggest producer and consumer of pork. It alone accounts for more than half of the world's pig population.China is struggling to contain the disease, which has spread to every part of the country since August last year.After months of claiming the situation was under control, Beijing is now warning that pork prices in China could rise by more than 70% in the second half of this year.This in turn would have a knock-on impact on China's economy, given that pork prices are an important contributor to its inflation levels.Official data released over the past week reinforce the seriousness of the situation. … [Read more...] about Is China losing the battle against an incurable pig virus?
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 12 Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 12 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com For the first time since September, a U.S. warship has transited the Taiwan Strait. The move by the USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, is likely to irk China, which views the island of Taiwan as a breakaway province. "Guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Nov. 12 (local time) in accordance with international law. The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Cmdr. Reann Mommsen, spokesperson for the U.S. 7th fleet. “The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows," he added. The transit comes as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley visits Japan for a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to … [Read more...] about US warship sails through Taiwan Strait in message to China
Immigration politics exploded to the front-burner of the Democratic primary process on Wednesday as presidential hopefuls took turns blasting President Trump in the wake of the deaths of a Salvadoran man and his two-year-old daughter, drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. 'It's heartbreaking. It should also p**s us all off,' said former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro during the first primary debate of the 2020 election season. Castro called for a change in federal law that would no longer 'criminalize desperation' by reclassifying border-jumping as a civil infraction instead of a crime. Ohio Rep Tim Ryan blasted the Trump administration for presiding over a longstanding but deteriorating system that houses children separately from the adults who bring them into the US. 'What kind of a country are we running here?' he asked, claiming that 'we've got kids literally laying in their own snot with three-week-old diapers that haven't been changed.' Wednesday's … [Read more...] about First 2020 debate erupts into a fiery shouting match on immigration in wake of father and daughter’s border deaths – and candidates compete to speak in Spanish – as Trump tweets ‘BORING!’