The fifteenth round of discussions was held in Tokyo from 9 to 12 April 2019.  «This round of negotiations is the first after the three parties have reached a consensus on the overall acceleration of negotiations. The three parties held a meeting of the chief negotiators, the hearing of directors-general and 13 sub-conferences on specific topics, reached a positive consensus on how and how to negotiate relevant issues, and outlined working arrangements for the next stage. The three parties unanimously agreed to further increase the level of trade and investment liberalization on the basis of the consensus established in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), in which the three parties participated, and to adopt high standard rules for the creation of a RCEP Plus free trade agreement. — fta.mofcom.gov.cn It has been speculated that negotiations will accelerate on the basis of the US government`s current «trade war» with China. The eleventh round of discussions took place from 9 to 11 January 2017, during which trade in goods, trade in services and investment was discussed.  In recent weeks, China has hinted that it hopes to deepen its economic cooperation with the rest of Asia, including Japan. On Friday, Xi said China would consider «adhering to the comprehensive and progressive trans-Pacific Partnership agreement,» the trade pact that insisted on the United States before President Donald Trump`s administration pulled out of the agreement. At the last meeting of foreign ministers, the Chinese side repeatedly discussed bilateral economic cooperation, including imports of Japanese food. «The economic benefits of the agreement may be marginal for Southeast Asia, but there are some interesting trade and customs dynamics for Southeast Asia,» said Nick Marro of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The challenge will shift to President-elect Joe Biden. It is not yet known how The Biden team will approach trade agreements and whether it will attempt to re-enter the 11-nation TPP. Both countries will allow short-term business trips and long-term stays for expatriates.
The agreement was due to be concluded in October, but was delayed due to the increase in new infections in Japan. Cases have also increased in China. Chinese President Xi opens up to other trade and import agreements The agreement came after Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Tokyo, the first one-on-one talks between the country`s foreign ministers in nine months. Asia-Pacific countries, including Japan, China and the 10 ASEAN members, signed a regional trade agreement on Sunday covering nearly a third of the world economy and concluding eight years of negotiations after India`s withdrawal. In an interview with reporters after the agreement was signed, Trade Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said 15 countries had tried to quickly finalize internal procedures and put the pact into force «as soon as possible.» «Ratification is likely to be difficult in national parliaments, both because of anti-commercial and anti-Chinese sentiment,» he added.