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The United States can still regain its position in leading the free world – Roddy Gow

Roddy Gow, The Scotsman – 25 February 2021 Trump’s allegations over rigged voting and the storming of the capitol building triggered a response, mainly from the east, questioning the moral high ground upon which the U.S. holds its democracy. Roddy Gow, chairman and founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, writes in this article on The…

We need to talk about China

Patrizia Zambrin – 7 February 2020 When I started my journey into Chinese Studies in the 1980s, China, or the ‘Middle Kingdom’ was opening up to the rest of the world under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping and his pragmatic approach to modernisation. In those heady days, we foreign students in Beijing were attracting curiosity…

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…