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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…

Third round of Indonesian and UK governments’ Joint Trade Review

UK Government – 19 November 2020 From the 18-19 November 2020, The Indonesian Ministry of Trade and the UK’s Department for International Trade engaged in discussions regarding the Indonesia-UK Joint Trade Review, hopeful to establish new areas for cooperation on trade and investment. You can read more about the review on the Gov website here.

Are the UK and India Finally Getting Serious About Each Other?

Walter Ladwig, RUSI – 8 January 2021 Ties between the UK and India have been less than overwhelming during the past decade, with both governments’ strategic priorities taking diverging paths. Recently, however, it appears the two states are making a renewed effort to deepen their relationship. This article by Walter Ludwig in RUSI indicates the…

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…

Amid daunting security environment, Seoul should tighten alliance with US

The Korea Herald – 6 January 2021 South Korea’s alliance with the U.S. is one of the most significant in the world, with both friends sharing the same democratic values and being important trading partners for one-another. However their relations have recently encountered problems, particularly since Trump’s inauguration four years ago, with geopolitics and a…