Thursday, October 18, 2018
One of the most important decisions the Paka­­tan Harapan government has to make is whether Malaysia will ratify the trade agreement known as the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership). That’s because ratifying and implementing it would mean...
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has played an essential role in building prosperity in the region in its 50 years of existence. ASEAN’s GDP now stands at approximately US$2.5 trillion, ranking the expanded grouping as the world’s...
Nearly two years have passed for President Donald Trump’s administration, yet this hawkish but groundbreaking administration has gained global traction by many of its confounding foreign policy behaviors. Guided by the doctrine of “America First”, which entails the placating...
In a nod towards Beijing, city-state puts free trade rather than South China Sea disputes at center of regional bloc's 2018 agenda. Singapore’s anticipated chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) opened on the weekend with a summit...
First ever Australia-Asean summit reaffirmed Canberra's role as an independent regional power-broker. Shared fears over regional geopolitical uncertainties has driven Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) into each other’s embrace. As middle powers, both sides are deeply...
Last Thursday, US President Do­­­nald Trump signed a proclamation to raise tariffs for steel by 25% and for aluminium by 10%. It sent shockwaves across the world not only because of the losses to metal exporters, but due to what...
Reliable reports since the start of this year indicate the economic competition between China and the US (and its allies) for global supremacy has intensified and will, of course, be expected to escalate in the next five years. Certainly, this...
This is the first piece in a two-part special series on US President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia. US President Donald Trump recently kicked off his 12-day tour of Asia. This will be the longest tour of Asia undertaken by any...
Painted against the backdrop of a platinum-standard Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) appeared, at least for those commentators outside the inner circle of ASEAN ten Member States and their six Dialogue Partners, to be...
President Donald Trump’s executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has sent tremors across the world, albeit it being expected. This was Trump’s first step in solidifying his devotion to a self-proclaimed, ‘America First’ policy. In...

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