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Japan, Australia to promote regional trade deals

Japan Today – 16 July 2021 In the recent third Japan-Australia Ministerial Economic Dialogue, both Tokyo and Canberra agreed the importance of both the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in economic recovery after Covid-19 restrictions and agreed on a commitment to promoting the two regional trade deals. Read the full article here.

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…

EU-China investment deal faces backlash in European Parliament

Finbarr Bermingham, South China Morning Post – 24 February 2021 MEPs have criticised the investment deal between Brussels and Beijing, saying that the parliament has ignored concerns over human rights issues and also bypassed the Biden administration’s calls for tougher engagement with China. The EU’s top negotiator defended the deal and says that the EU…

US should make competition fair, not a game to contain China: Global Times editorial

Global Times – 24 February 2021 This article in Global Times publicises what they say are China’s ‘long-term cultural and institutional advantages’ and why the U.S. should aim for fair and justified competition with them, rather than the destructive and toxic actions to contain their inevitable rise. Read the full article here.

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…

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…