RCEP trade deal: Will Myanmar really benefit?

Existing free trade agreements and longstanding non-trade barriers could limit the RCEP’s impact on Myanmar, but the country may benefit from increased investment due to improved access to global value chains. The signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership on November 15 made headlines across the ...


Trade Department pushes 12 priorities for Asean chair

Twelve economic issues, including the conclusion of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, have been proposed for consideration as Thailand readies itself to assume Asean’s chairmanship. Keep reading ...

31st ASEAN Summit, related meetings to talk ASEAN Vision realisation

The 31st ASEAN Summit (ASEAN-31) and related meetings, which will be held in Manila, the Philippines, from Sunday to Tuesday, are set to focus on orientations and measures for enhancing connectivity to realise the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.[] On this occasion, PM Phúc will also take ...

VNS Reporter

East Asia’s agreement to keep the world economy open

What the Trump administration will ultimately do to the shape of the global trade regime is difficult to foretell but there’s no question that it will change it forever, even if there is strong global push-back against Trump’s threat to unravel trade agreements and carry ...

As America retreats, Asia is the last hope for free trade

Fukunari Kimura, a professor at Keio University and an expert in Asian trade, indicated in a Nikkei interview that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement, should be a stronghold of free trade, since the Trans-Pacific Partnership has suffered a setback with ...

U.S. ambassadors in Asia make final plea for dead Trans-Pacific trade pact

When hope of enacting the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact ended in November, Max Baucus, the United States ambassador to China, was among the officials who had to grapple with disappointment. The partnership, called the TPP, was a hallmark of the Obama administration. It would ...

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