China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) kicked off the 13th round of negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in Beijing on Monday.
The five-day negotiation will cover wide-ranging areas such as tax reductions on trade of goods, opening up of service sectors, further bilateral investment and the possibility of decreasing trade remedies and technical barriers.
China and the ROK officially launched FTA talks in May 2012. Leader of the two countries jointly announced in July that they would try to conclude the negotiations by the end of 2014.
China and the ROK have experienced two decades of booming bilateral trade. Two-way trade surpassed 270 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, nearly 50 times the volume in 1992.