The RCEP: The Trade Win The World Urgently Needs

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The RCEP: The Trade Win The World Urgently Needs

Global trade needs a win to fend off rising tides of protectionism and anti-globalisation. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) offers the best vehicle to achieve this. The quick conclusion of this regional mega free trade agreement (FTA) will signal Asia’s commitment to free trade — from which it has benefited greatly — as well as […]

What Happened to Russia’s ‘Pivot to Asia’?

What Happened to Russia’s ‘Pivot to Asia’?

In early 2014 Russia faced economic sanctions in response to its annexation of Crimea. Many in the country viewed the sanctions as proof that the West has contempt for Russia’s ‘sphere of influence’ in Ukraine and was trying to subvert Russian foreign policy. Responding to this pressure from the West, Moscow turned its attention to […]

‘Presidential Curse’ Could Tarnish Aquino’s legacy

‘Presidential Curse’ Could Tarnish Aquino’s legacy

President Benigno Aquino III completes his six-year term much less popular than when he began it. His approval rating has dropped from a high of 79 per cent at the beginning of his term to 54 per cent as of September 2015. So what explains his falling popularity? Under Mr Aquino the Philippines has maintained […]