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Post-Brexit UK trade strategy needs to engage China

Ken Heydon, East Asia Forum – 24 February 2021 This article by Ken Heydon in East Asia Forum describes why it is important not for the UK to go down the containment route for China, rather the UK should accept and seek to profit from China’s economic success as a means of ensuring success in…

The UK’s Trade Deal with Vietnam Builds on Hanoi’s Accord with the EU

Bob Savic, Vietnam Briefing – 12 January 2021 The free trade agreement between the UK and Vietnam (UKVFTA) in the wake of Brexit is similar to that of the one between the EU and Vietnam (EVFTA). This article examines in depth several new provisions that have been introduced into the UKVFTA and their relevance to…

The UK-Singapore Free Trade Agreement: Salient Features

Ayman Falak Medina, ASEAN Briefing – 8 January 2021 The UK’s first free trade agreement (FTA) with an ASEAN member, the UK-Singapore FTA signed in December 2020 is a significant milestone for post-Brexit Britain. The UKSFTA is similar to the Singapore’s FTA with the EU in that it provides preferential tariffs and reduces non-tariff barriers…

UK, South Korea deepen defence ties

Jon Grevatt, Janes – 7 January 2021 The Ministry of National Defense in Seoul have announced their intentions to deepen defence ties with the UK. Amid a heightened security environment along the Korean Peninsula and a new, post-Brexit world for the UK, expanding defence cooperation between South Korea and the UK is a welcome effort…

The Japan-UK Trade Agreement and the Shadow of Brexit

Andrea A. Fischetti, Tokyo Review – 9 November 2020 In the shadow of Brexit, it has been vital for the UK to prove the worth of individual trade relationships with their vital economic partners, especially Japan. Japan has made it clear that it values its trade relationship with the EU over any strategic interests that…

UK-China relations imploded in 2020—and things could get worse

Annabelle Timsit, Quartz – 23 December 2020 Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, senior members of the UK government have made a great deal of effort in stressing the significance of a UK-China relationship in forging new, independent and more favourable ties with the rest of the world post-Brexit. The establishment of many more Confucius…

Post-Brexit Britain has its sights on Asia—if it can get over Europe first

Annabelle Timsit, Quartz – 14 January 2021 Over the years, the centre of the global economic and political system has shifted in the East’s favour, with many European countries developing strategies for engaging with Asia. If we can first overcome the challenges of European-sized holes in trade and political opportunities, this shift in power systems…