BEIJING, April 1 (Xinhua) -- China's Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao and Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to announce the substantive conclusion of subsequent negotiations on an upgraded bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
The upgraded FTA, which will boost market access for businesses from both countries, adds a new standalone chapter on telecommunications, and incorporates high-level economic and trade rules on national treatment, market access, transparency and the digital economy, among others, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement.
The two sides also confirmed that there will be no rollback of opening-up measures in the service trade and investment sectors, and promised to each other that the respective doors of opening up will only be wider.
The FTA is an important measure and practical action by China to align with high-standard international economic and trade rules and open wider to the outside world. It will strongly push China-Singapore economic and trade cooperation to a new level, the ministry said.
China and Singapore signed the FTA in 2008 and upgraded it in 2018. In December 2020, the two sides upgraded the agreement again and launched subsequent negotiations to further liberalize service trade and investment based on a negative-list model.