China, Chile to negotiate free-trade agreement

Nov 22, 2004 | 09:08 AM |

China and Chile will start negotiations to develop a free-trade agreement as the Asian giant attempts to gain more access to raw materials and invest in mining projects and companies overseas.

Chinese president Hu Jintao signed an agreement with his Chilean counterpart, Ricardo Lagos, to begin talks during the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Santiago. Miao Gengshu, president of China Minmetals Corp., previously signed a cooperation agreement with Lagos, mining minister Alfonso Dulanto and Juan Villarzú, executive president of....

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