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英语新闻:日本与蒙古签署经济伙伴关系协定

2015-02-11    来源:Sina    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

英语新闻:日本与蒙古签署经济伙伴关系协定

英语新闻:

Japan and Mongolia signed a free trade agreement Tuesday that is expected to open the landlocked frontier market to more Japanese auto exports and strengthen Tokyo’s leverage with a key partner in its dealings with North Korea.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg signed the agreement at a summit in Tokyo.

As part of the “economic partnership agreement,” Mongolia assured resource-scarce Japan of stable access to supplies of coal and rare earths. Japan has looked to Mongolia, India and other countries to help reduce its reliance on China for rare earths — minerals used in high-tech products and automobiles.

 

Japan reportedly also was due to offer concessional loans for building a new airport in Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital, one of Tokyo’s many official development assistance projects in the country.

The two countries began free trade talks in 2012 and reached a basic accord last July.

Mongolia’s imports from Japan, mostly vehicles, are roughly 16 times the size of its exports to Japan. The agreement signed Tuesday calls for Japan to scale back tariffs on its imports of Mongolian products such as cashmere.

Mongolia holds strategic importance for Japan as a conduit for Japan’s talks with North Korea on abductions of Japanese decades ago. Japan lacks formal relations with North Korea and the two sides have held talks on the kidnapping issue in Mongolia.

landlocked: adj.被陆地包围的; 内陆

leverage: n.杠杆作用; 优势,力量; 影响力; 举债经营

scarce: adj.缺乏的,罕见的

concessional: adj.让步的,容许的

tarrif:n.关税制度

cashmere: n.开司米,山羊绒

abduction: n.绑架,拐骗,劫持

相关内容:

日本首相安倍晋三10日晚与来访的蒙古国总理赛汗比勒格在首相官邸签署了经济伙伴关系协定(EPA)。两国首脑发表共同声明称“协定强化了两国的战略伙伴关系”。在首脑会谈中,双方就包括朝鲜在内的东亚局势交换意见,并就推进安全领域战略对话达成一致。

日蒙关系的强化将对在该地区势力不断壮大的中国形成制约,日方还希望在解决朝鲜绑架日本人问题上获得蒙古的协助。安倍在发表共同声明的记者会上强调两国“将强化所有领域的合作”。

两国签署EPA后,将力争在今年上半年各自办完国内手续,促使其生效。生效后的10年内,蒙古将取消约96%的日本进口关税。日本则将取消实际进口品种的关税,不从蒙古进口的大米等品种将维持现有关税。预计日本今后将从蒙古获得稳定的煤炭和稀有金属供应。

据外务省介绍,蒙古是第14个与日本签署EPA或自由贸易协定(FTA)的国家。蒙古则是首次签署此类协定。

安倍在会谈中表示将向蒙古新提供约368亿日元(约合人民币19亿元)日元贷款,用于援助蒙古的国际机场建设。赛汗比勒格对此前的日本人质事件表达了哀悼之意并表示“日本的人道主义援助意义重大。”

(新浪)

 



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