Repairing the US–Asean relationship requires commitment and time

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Repairing the US–Asean relationship requires commitment and time

The relationship between the United States and Asean in 2015 rested on two things. The first was a coherent set of strategic, economic and political policies. The second was a concerted and public effort from the United States to demonstrate that Asean was an important partner in the region. US respect for Asean centrality came […]

Trade war: Focus turns to Thailand to conclude $7 trln RCEP

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Trade war: Focus turns to Thailand to conclude $7 trln RCEP

Six years in the making, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is slated to transform the region into an Asean-centric, comprehensive free trade area,  poised to make a large contribution to Asian and global economic cooperation. The RCEP may well become the second major Asia-led trade agreement in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s […]

Time running out for US to firm Philippines relationship

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Time running out for US to firm Philippines relationship

In spite of the United States’ renewed focus on great power competition in the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS), the war against terrorism will remain salient to US strategy. In few places is this clearer than in the Philippines. The United States’ ongoing efforts to bolster its military aid under the remit of counter-terrorism cooperation reflects Washington’s desire […]

Vietnam Economy: Robust 2017 Growth, International Challenges Ahead

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Vietnam Economy: Robust 2017 Growth, International Challenges Ahead

Things got off to a bad start for the Vietnam economy in 2017 with the shock withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Subsequent uncertainties about Canada’s participation in a potential TPP-11 agreement that excludes the United States were a further disappointment. Other more positive economic indicators have offset this initial set-back. […]

In Face of Xi’s Charm Offensive Vietnam Gambles on US Trade Deal

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In Face of Xi’s Charm Offensive Vietnam Gambles on US Trade Deal

After the 2016 US Presidential election hope remained in Hanoi that Donald Trump, once in office, would turn from firebrand protectionist campaigner into a leader who accepted the value of open trade — a cause in which the Vietnamese government had invested so much in preparation for Vietnam’s membership of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). These […]

Where To Now For the CPTPP?

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Where To Now For the CPTPP?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministerial Statement on November 11, 2017 in Vietnam was a big relief for the remaining 11 members of the TPP, especially for Japan and Australia, who have spearheaded the new agreement after the United States’ exit. The accord — which calls to revivify the renamed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) […]

Malaysia Eyes TPP-11, But on Its Terms

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Malaysia Eyes TPP-11, But on Its Terms

US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has set in motion a total re-think of trade policy in Malaysia. Malaysia’s relations with the United States are in a state of flux. There is little comfort for Malaysian policymakers in what’s been coming out of Washington. Trump has classified Malaysia (along […]

Jokowi’s ‘Developmentalism’ to See IA-CEPA FTA Fall Short

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Jokowi’s ‘Developmentalism’ to See IA-CEPA FTA Fall Short

Despite the warmth between Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull following their February 2017 meeting in Canberra, hopes that the Indonesia–Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership (IA-CEPA) will achieve a high quality ‘21st century partnership’ should be treated with caution. Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are generally evaluated differently by their respective countries. […]

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 […]

Will TPP Diehards Stall The RCEP Seeking a ‘Gold Standard’?

Will TPP Diehards Stall The RCEP Seeking a ‘Gold Standard’?

During the Obama administration, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was crucial to US foreign policy in Asia. In February 2015, the same month that the TPP was signed, Obama suggested that ‘we have to make sure that the United States — and not countries like China — is the one writing this century’s rules for the […]

Thailand English-language News For February 27, 2017

In the February 27, 2017 edition of Newsline, presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about: • Large numbers of people from all walks of life continue to flock to the Grand Palace in Bangkok to pay their last respect to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Palace records show that more than 32,000 people visited the palace on […]

Why the RCEP is the only game in town for Asean following TPP trumping

Why the RCEP is the only game in town for Asean following TPP trumping

US President Donald Trump’s executive order to withdraw the United States from the 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in the Asia Pacific is a strategic turning point in the open economic order. It is a blow to furthering reform for some members, a lost opportunity for the United States to write the rules of international […]

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