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The ’Indo-Pacific Strategy’ emerges as a counter to China’s ’One Belt, One Road’
A Japanese official speaking in Washington discussed conditions for Japan’s participation in China’s BRI project, while also suggesting China seek a partner role in the emerging ’Indo-Pacific Strategy’.
Argentina: Japan wants to invest in energy and mining sector, says secretary
Argentina and Japan are moving ahead with a bilateral investment treaty.
Interview: Japan hopes US returns to TPP but overhaul tough - negotiator
Japan’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Kazuyoshi Umemoto, told Reuters that an agreement among the remaining 11 member nations, set to be signed next month, may have had an impact on the United States.
Moving forward in global trade
Thailand has entered into negotiations for a number of free trade agreements (FTA). Its first FTA was the Asean Free Trade Area, signed in 1992. The country has six FTAs with India, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Peru and Chile.
A four-nation alliance may be rising to counter China’s Belt and Road
Four countries — the US, Japan, India and Australia — could join forces to set up an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s growing influence, the Australian Financial Review reported Sunday.
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.
Auto industry skeptical of Canadian TPP side deal on vehicles with Japan
Auto workers and manufacturers are rejecting assertions by Canada’s trade minister that the country won major access for them into the highly protected Japanese market in the recently rebooted Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Tokyo’s drift towards intellectual property crusader
Japan’s role in RCEP negotiations appears to have been shaped by its participation in the TPP. Japan is now championing for expanded intellectual property right provisions which may block access to affordable medicines
The rise of China and the fall of the ‘Free Trade’ myth
China’s economic success lays bare an uncomfortable historical truth: No one who preaches ‘free trade’ really practices it.
New EU trade deals would harm consumers, the environment and demorcracy
The European Union is currently negotiating a series of new free trade agreements that would have a negative impact on consumer rights, environmental standards and democratic principles.
Turkey-Japan FTA negotiations nears end
The eighth round of negotiations on the Turkey-Japan FTA, which was launched with an initiative of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan back in 2014, was held in Ankara.
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.
From Tokyo with love for global trade
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP, is going ahead in the absence of the US is a testament to Japan’s role in shepherding the tough negotiations through some tumultuous times.
Japan, US to discuss trade "framework", US envoy says: NHK
Japan and the United States will start to discuss a framework of negotiations with the aim of concluding a trade pact and fixing bilateral trade imbalances
More to Australia–Japan security than bilateral defence ties
The broad and deep Australia–Japan relationship has never been more important to both countries’ interests in the world, and the relationship between the two leaders aims to preserve the rules-based order on which both countries rely.
Philippines eyes more free trade pacts
Philippines’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is conducting internal studies and consultations on a possible free trade agreement with US. Philippines also hopes a substantial conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a renegotiation with Japan.
TPP seen critical for beef sales growth in Japan
The beef export from Canada to Japan and other parts of Asia has increased significantly. But, if Canada chooses to opt out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Canadian beef producers could lose millions of dollars.
Japan, Bulgaria agree to boost cooperation on Japan-EU free trade deal
Japan aims to set up a business forum to facilitate Japanese companies’ making inroads into Bulgaria so that those companies can discuss challenges they face with the Bulgarian government.
Proxy wars of the Asian economic power houses
Both and Japan are pursuing their own initiatives to call shots in Asia, which may have ramifications for businesses and economies in the Mena region.