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dateline: 15 May 2012

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Asian Nations Begin Free-Trade Talk

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • free-trade: international trade of goods without restrictions
  • trilateral: involving three parties
  • boost: to increase
  • vow: to promise
  • tension: a condition of stress or uneasiness due to a conflict

Asian Nations Begin Free-Trade Talk

The leaders of China, South Korea, and Japan met at a trilateral summit this week to begin negotiating a free-trade pact., the nations account for almost 20% of the world’s economy. The three leaders believe that establishing a free-trade area will boost the economy for the whole region. Political between the nations is a major challenge the countries will have to consider in with an agreement. At the summit, the leaders also vowed to work together to tensions with North Korea. Talks to confirm the free-trade area are for later this year.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which three nations are considering a free-trade pact?
  2. What percentage of the world’s economy do these nations account for?
  3. Why does the report mention North Korea?

Discussion Question: Do you think these three nations are capable of developing a free-trade pact that will be beneficial to the entire region? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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