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EU-Azeri trade pact will be ready in 2019
An EU-Azerbaijan trade and political agreement will be ready for ratification in 2019, says Javanshir Feyziyev, co-chair of the EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.
Perspectives on Pacific geopolitics
The rise of China in the Indo-Pacific has also challenged the long-standing dominance of US in Asia. Therefore, political uncertainty in the US, rapid economic growth, China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its growing assertiveness, and erosion of ASEAN unity – among others – has compelled India to step up its contribution to a region that is also of vital economic interest to India.
Asean gets tough on the US over trade, but tiptoes around South China Sea build-up
With Singapore as chair of the regional bloc this year, China has an advantage as the focus shifts from geopolitics to trade and investment.
Deported Mexicans: From exploited and precarious workers to forced migrants of return
Forced migrants, refugees and deportees are an irrefutable and undeniable example of the world as a chronically unequal and structurally inequitable scenario. In the era of globalization, human rights are not met or respected.
The EU pursues $15b free trade talks with Australia, but there’s a catch
EU’s lead trade negotiator said the agreement would serve a “strategic” purpose by creating a “circle” of allies to remove barriers
‘China is just as important to South America as the US’: why Argentina is keen to start talks on free-trade agreement
Argentina’s ambassador to Beijing defends China’s global ambitions as he signals Latin American common market is keen to strengthen economic ties.
Japan’s multi-layered, multilateral strategy
Tokyo has some work to do to convince the region its strategy is not designed to contain China.
To counter China’s BRI, India joins US, Japan to boost connectivity in Indo-Pacific
India has joined hands with Japan and United States to build infrastructure for promoting connectivity in Indo-Pacific region, ostensibly to counter the Belt and Road initiative of China.
USTR sees FTA with PH first step in As-Pac strategy
The US Trade Representative (USTR) has looked that having a free trade agreement with the Philippines is a reasonable first step in their strategy in the Asia Pacific region.
Trump says could ’hold up’ Korea trade deal for N.K. issue
US President Donald Trump threatened to "hold up" a renegotiated free trade agreement with South Korea until he gets the results he wants with North Korea.
Xi Jinping’s pet Belt and Road Initiative could be sticking point in India-China ties, say experts
Xi Jinping’s pet Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) can pose a "major challenge" in resetting China’s ties with India, says analysts, days after the Chinese parliament backed his plan to rule indefinitely amid Sino-India rapprochement following the Dokalam standoff.
China expanding its military, political influence in Latin America
New report has warned that Beijing is likely to increase its power through military and political means.
Japan and Norway: Elevated economic, geopolitical and gender equality cooperation on the horizon
Bilateral ties between Tokyo and Oslo are set to converge, with multiple areas for cooperation.
Sri Lanka seeks deeper ties, free trade agreement with China
Sri Lanka wants a longer-time period to negotiate a free trade agreement with China as it is concerned about the economic impact of a rushed deal on their small country, the Sri Lankan ambassador said.
Free trade – not turf rows – tipped to top China, Japan, South Korea summit agenda
The leaders of three of Asia’s biggest economies will aim to advance a free-trade agreement and economic cooperation, putting territorial rows and military tensions aside at an expected trilateral summit in April, Chinese diplomatic observers said.
EU-Japan partnership agreements herald new era of closer cooperation
The intensification of negotiations between the EU and Japan came in response to broader geopolitical developments such as the rise of China, Trump, and Brexit.
OBOR’s connect deters US-India hegemony
The impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on regional trade integration should also be seen in light of trade agreements such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
Rescued TPP trade deal about more than economics
Its resurrection represents a critical step towards building a trading system in which Washington’s abandonment of the region doesn’t immediately fall uncontested into China’s hands.
In the economic power struggle for Asia, Trump and Xi Jinping are switching policies
Donald Trump is flexing the United States’ economic muscle in East Asia by introducing a web of new-generation bilateral trade deals to contain China’s challenge. But Beijing is fighting back by political means.
China’s ’New Silk Road’ goes straight through the Caucasus
With its New Silk Road mega-project, China is building on old traditions. But hard-core geostrategic interests, not nostalgia, are guiding Beijing’s investments. Miodrag Soric reports from Tbilisi, Georgia.