The Heads of State and Government of China and ASEAN (AMS) signed the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation between China and ASEAN at the sixth China-ASEAN Summit in November 2002. In November 2004, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and AMS leaders witnessed the signing of the Agreement on Trade in Goods of the Sino-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, which entered into force in July 2005. In January 2007, the two sides signed the Agreement on Trade in Services, which entered into force in July 2007. In August 2009, both sides signed the investment agreement. The establishment of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area strengthens the close economic and trade relations between the two sides and also contributes to the economic development of Asia and the world as a whole. RCEP members worked on two parallel negotiations, on market access for goods and services and on a draft contractual text, the official said. The ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) is a free trade area between the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People`s Republic of China. The China-Thailand Free Trade Agreement was signed in June 2003 and entered into force four months later, in October 2003. This is an “Early Harvest” agreement in agricultural trade alone, in which both countries opened up their agricultural markets before the broader China-ASEAN free trade agreement entered into force in 2010. Under the agreement, tariffs on 188 fruits and vegetables were reduced overnight to zero.
Overall, the free trade agreement between China and Thailand has not benefited small farmers on both sides of the border. He was just in favor of businessmen who can control the trade and use it to expand their contract farming, like for example. B Thailand (ethnically Chinese) Charoen Pokphand Group. China first proposed the idea of a free trade area in November 2000. The Heads of State and Government of ASEAN and China therefore decided to examine economic integration measures in the region The following year, they advocated in Brunei the creation of an ASEAN-China Free Trade Area.  After the first six signatories reached their target by 2010, the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam) adopted the same customs policy, with the same objective to be achieved by 2015.  In 2010, the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area became the People`s Free Trade Area and the third largest free trade area in terms of nominal GDP. It was also the third largest volume of trade after the European Economic Area and the North American Free Trade Area.   The first stage included the first 6 signatories who, until 2010, participated in the elimination of their customs duties on 90% of their products.  Between 2003 and 2008, trade with ASEAN increased from $59.6 billion to $192.5 billion.  China`s transformation into a great economic power in the twenty-first century has led to an increase in foreign investment in the Bamboo Network, a network of overseas Chinese companies operating in Southeast Asian markets and with common family and cultural ties.  In 2008, ASEAN members and the People`s Republic of China had a nominal gross domestic product of about $6 trillion.   ASEAN members total more than 650 million people. . . .