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RCEP as a positive signal for globalisation
The current trade and business environment in East Asia and Pacific require a new set of rules to provide governance in the regional economic interdependence and to facilitate seamless international trade and business activities.
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): An assessment of the negotiations
Negotiations by 16 Asia-Pacific nations to establish the RCEP - the world’s largest trading bloc - have been proceeding since 2012. Surveying the negotiations, Biswajit Dhar argues that this ASEAN-led initiative can constitute the building block for a truly viable East Asian Community provided the parties break out from the straitjacket of trade liberalisation.
Thailand to take lead in Asean Community
As the Asean Community enters its second year, Thailand, as one of the founding countries of the bloc, is planning to spearhead various economic opportunities to benefit the region.
RCEP to consolidate Asian integration
The RCEP is part of the efforts of Asian countries to explore avenues of collaborative regional governance. It should be seen as the extension of an integrated ASEAN community
Can Russia ride China’s trade lead in Southeast Asia?
Current political unity masks divergent economic interests as Russia attempts to shift its economic interests east to Eurasian and Asian markets.
Southeast Asia advances in talks to dismantle trade barriers
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is making progress on reducing non-tariff barriers as threats to global trade rise,
RCEP talks speed up amid TPP failure
Amid the collapse of the United States-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, trade officials from 10 Southeast Asian countries and six key partners started on Tuesday talks on a rival deal with new urgency.
On World AIDS Day, threat to access to medicines looms large
As trade negotiators from 16 countries gather in Indonesia to deliberate the terms of trade agreement — the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement (RCEP), access to low-cost generic medicines is under grave threat.
EU, RI look to negotiate CEPA points
Indonesia will seek a win-win outcome for the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with the European Union, having exchanged views on a number of crucial sticking points ahead of the next round of negotiations in January.
Indonesia proposes ‘ASEAN-Pacific axis’ alternative to TPP and Chinese initiative
Indonesia has proposed the setting up of a new trade bloc that could counterbalance the dominance of the United States and China.
Singapore, Russia agree to enhance cooperation
Singapore and Russia reaffirmed their commitment to the expeditious conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Singapore and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)
Asean integration at the end of 2016
The launch of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in December 2015 was a milestone for Asean economic integration, which is, however, an ongoing process.
RCEP: Members worried about giving more market access to Chinese goods
The concerns of 15 Asia-Pacific nations including India, over agreeing to give greater market access to Chinese goods without gaining similarly in return, are likely to take centre-stage
EU, ASEAN decide to resume FTA talks
Representatives from the Association of South East Asian Nations and the European Union have confirmed their "commitment to intensify work towards the timely resumption of region-to-region free trade agreement negotiations."
Key to lead mission to India; ASEAN FTA review announced
Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a trade agreement with the highly protected agricultural giant is "the primary reason we’re going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress
Activists reject ratification of seed patent in ASEAN RCEP
An activist group is calling on the government to not ratify the ASEAN Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) clause on International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) 1991, saying that it will increase global corporations’ monopolistic control over small farmers.
Myanmar government seeks parliament nod for Asean protocol
The Myanmar government is seeking parliament approval to ratify the protocol to the Asean Charter on Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
China, Asean ‘need fast RCEP deal’
ASEAN-China trade is contracting, making it necessary to speed up the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations, says a top Chinese think-tank.
Mustapa: Asean-EU-FTA talks not affected by Brexit
The Asean-European Union free-trade agreement negotiations will not be affected by Brexit, Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said.
ASEAN, EAEU favor setting up free trade zone - minister
Countries members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Association of the South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) want to create a free trade zone.