May 24, 2018 / 2:48 AM / 6 months ago

China says hopes to work with Japan, South Korea on FTA as soon as possible

FILE PHOTO: Security guards walk in front of containers at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China hopes to work with Japan and South Korea to reach a mutually beneficial free trade agreement as soon as possible, the Chinese commerce ministry’s spokesman said on Thursday.

China and South Korea will complete the second phase of their free trade agreement negotiations as soon as possible to boost trade, the ministry’s spokesman, Gao Feng, said at a regular news briefing.

Reporting by Yawen Chen and Ryan Woo; Editing by Kim Coghill

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