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1. Having or formed of two sides; two-sided.
2. Affecting or undertaken by two sides equally; binding on both parties: a bilateral agreement; bilateral negotiations.
3. Relating to both the right and the left side of the body or of a body structure: bilateral mastectomy.
4. Having or marked by bilateral symmetry.

bi·lat′er·al·ism n.
bi·lat′er·al·ly adv.
bi·lat′er·al·ness n.
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the practice of being bilateral
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the practice of promoting trade between two countries through agreements concerning quantity and price of commodities. Cf. multilateralism.bilateralistic, adj.
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Noun1.bilateralism - the property of being symmetrical about a vertical planebilateralism - the property of being symmetrical about a vertical plane
symmetricalness, symmetry, correspondence, balance - (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
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support in Congress for a bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan.
He said a bilateral trade agreement with the US would also help attract more investments to the Philippines.
At the same time, it is far more cost-effective to have world trading rules that are harmonised with the true multilateral nature of the global economy, rather than an artificial hodgepodge of separate bilateral trade agreements that superimpose fragmented rules on a game that is less and less fragmented.
Consequently, the vote to leave the EU will have a positive effect, the report cited, adding that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Britain have set a new target last year for a bilateral trade agreement, doubling the current value to AED 135.24bn by 2020, after sealing the Double Taxation Agreement this year.
Obama and the globalists believe in the primacy of multinational agreements refereed by international organizations and rules which, once in place, are beyond democratic review by national governments." During his visit to Europe, Obama warned the United Kingdom that organizing a bilateral trade agreement would not be easy and that the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would take priority.
SYDNEY, Jumada II 07, 1437, March 16, 2016, SPA -- Australia and Indonesia on Wednesday said they would formally resume long-stalled negotiations aimed at sealing a bilateral trade agreement within 18 months, Reuters reported.
He also negotiated the U.S.-Korea Auto Agreement of 1998; the 2001U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement, and the initiation of the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
The ambassador however, admitted that passing the bill was quite a challenge because the US would rather prefer the TPP or a bigger trade body not bilateral trade agreement.
India and Vietnam signed a bilateral trade agreement in 1978 and a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) in 1997.
TUNIS (TAP) - All the Algerian industrial products entering to the Tunisian market will be exempt from customs duties and charges having equivalent effect, by virtue of a preferential bilateral trade agreement which ensures a list of Tunisian products with the same advantages when entering the Algerian territory, the Prime Ministry announced on Saturday.
The European Union and Japan have continued to move forward towards completing negotiations over a bilateral trade agreement, the European Commission said, on 25 October, despite reports that discussions had hit a snag over the elimination of tariffs on processed foods and industrial products.
The minister said the bilateral trade agreement, which comes in line with the four freedoms agreement inked in September 2012 includes banking arrangements related to accuracy in settling payments for inbound and outbound payments.

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