On January 16, 2018, Panama and China started a joint feasibility to explore the possibility of
negotiating a free trade agreement. On March 9, 2018 Panama and China concluded their joint
Panama and China officially launched negotiations of a trade agreement on June 12, 2018
in Beijing, China. Panama and China began their first round of negotiation on July 9, 2018.
The second round of negotiations was held in Beijing, China on August 20-24, 2018.