Australia will begin negotiations on free-trade agreements with both Japan and the Gulf states early next year, in which “everything will be on the table,” Australian Prime Minister John Howard says. “We recognize that in putting everything on the table, all options will need to be explored,” he is quoted as saying. “The value of adding a free-trade agreement to the armory of trading arrangements between (Australia and Japan) is enormous. It will be a comprehensive agreement, if it’s ...

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