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China floats BRICS free-trade deal, while Russia’s Vladimir Putin calls for an alternative to US dollar
China has proposed a free-trade bloc among the five BRICS countries in a bid to enhance economic ties within the decade-old grouping, as its geopolitical rivalry heats up with the United States.
Why the US’ Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is really all about India
The framework is another attempt to bring India into the Western fold while positioning it more strategically in the Indo-Pacific trade network
US analyzes excluding Nicaragua from CAFTA for exchange with Russian troops
Joe Biden’s government is analyzing the possibility of launching "strong measures" against Managua at the invitation of external armies, especially "one that has invaded another country," says a US official.
Korea pushes for trade pacts with Middle East amid geopolitical shift
Korea seeks stronger presence in the region as tensions between Israel and Arab countries thaw.
How tension with Russia & China is pushing Europe to do more business with India
The European Union (EU) is now looking to do more business with India by way of greater investments in Europe as tension with Russia over the Ukraine war and geopolitical concerns with China pose massive challenges to the bloc and the world at large.
China to continue pushing for Pacific Island nations to sign regional trade and security agreement
China’s government says it remains confident it can strike a sweeping trade and security agreement with 10 Pacific Island states despite being forced to shelve its proposed agreement.
Pacific nations walk away from trade and security deal with China as Australia aims to ’build stronger family’
Pacific Island countries have agreed not to sign a region-wide trade and security deal with China after a high-level meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterparts from 10 Pacific nations in Fiji.
India sees a second chance to pivot to the Indo-Pacific in new group that excludes China
Except for India and the US, all other nations in IPEF are part of the RCEP rival bloc. India’s aversion to a pact which includes China has geopolitical considerations at its root.
China offers South Pacific nations security, free trade agreements
China has put forward plans to dramatically expand security and economic cooperation with South Pacific nations, in what one regional leader called a thinly veiled effort to lock them into "Beijing’s orbit"
The what, where, how and why of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
Unlike traditional FTAs, the IPEF employs a menu-based approach in which countries would launch separate negotiations under the four pillars of the initiative.
Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is not an FTA: 5 things to know
Tailored pact seeks to counter China’s clout while protecting US workers.
The US kicks off neocolonialism via Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
The IPEF represents continuity between the colonialist past and neocolonialist present in the Indo-Pacific region.
‘Indo-Pacific Economic Framework’ not a blessing to Asia
IPEF is created to encourage regional economies to “decouple” from the Chinese market by leading them to alternative supply chains.
What is India-EU Trade and Technology Council, and how it will help ongoing FTA negotiations
Council will focus on areas like 5G and AI, seek to deepen cooperation in trade and security. Experts say it’ll ’smoothen’ overall FTA negotiations between India and EU.
Biden’s Indo-Pacific Framework: ‘Cloud cuckoo land’
Asian and American trade experts characterize the framework as “weak tea,” consisting of “all of the things the US considers important” but little for Indo-Pacific nations in return for their membership obligations.
India’s trade pacts: A toss-up between strategic interests, economic gains
After a long hiatus, India has resumed its engagement with trade pacts. To what extent do these deals weigh on economic considerations? More importantly, how similar are they to strategic alliances?
What is IPEF, and will it help the US counter China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific?
The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework seeks to establish trade rules and is widely seen as an effort by the US to counter China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Biden’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is at a crossroads
Unless the Biden administration chooses the right path, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework will be more or less forgotten by the end of the year.
India-Australia trade pact pushes back against ’panda in the room’
Both members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue along with the U.S. and Japan, look to manage difficult relations with China and promote a "free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific."
The India-UAE CEPA: India’s renewed love for FTAs
There is a growing need to analyse the free trade agreements to understand their impact on the economy and the geopolitical repercussions that follow.