APEC Leaders Debate Approach to Trade Tensions, WTO Issues at Port Moresby Summit

November 22, 2018

Leaders from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies wrapped up their annual summit this past weekend in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, tackling a host of subjects relating to region... READ MORE


APEC Summit Wraps Up in Vietnam, Looking to Next Steps for Trade and Integration Agenda

November 16, 2017

Leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies concluded their 25th annual meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, on 11 November. Preceded by several weeks of technical, thematic... READ MORE


At Hanoi Meet, Asia-Pacific Ministers Debate Future Trade Integration Paths

May 24, 2017

The past weekend saw ministerial meetings of multiple configurations in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi, as officials discussed the future of various trade-related initiatives in the region. The main eve... READ MORE


Is it US v China in trade pacts?

December 11, 2016

In one corner, there is the United States; in the other, China. The sole superpower trying to maintain its top position versus a dormant giant now increasingly ready to assume what it deems its rightf... READ MORE


RCEP negotiators conclude 2nd chapter

December 10, 2016

The 16th round of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations has officially finished, after four days of negotiation meetings attended by more than 600 delegates from 16 participa... READ MORE


China-NZ FTA would help drive the maritime silk road

December 2, 2016

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said last week that China and New Zealand had agreed to launch talks to upgrade their free trade agreement (FTA). This would be the first time for China to upgrade... READ MORE


Don’t allow TPP trade agreement to be sent back to drawing board

November 21, 2016

In moving toward the realization of comprehensive trade and investment rules that are unprecedented anywhere else, the preparedness of participating countries is tested once again. A meeting of the le... READ MORE


APEC Leaders Issue Declaration in Lima

November 20, 2016

The Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies concluded the 2016 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima on Sunday by adopting a Declaration on advancing quality growth and human development. READ MORE


APEC Summit: Xi Jinping pledges economic openness as leaders seek free trade options

November 20, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to further open China's economy, as leaders of Asia-Pacific countries sought new trade options at this year's APEC meeting in Peru. The summit comes just over... READ MORE


Asia-Pacific Summit Closes With Call to Work for Free Trade

November 20, 2016

Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific nations ended their annual summit Sunday with a call to resist protectionism amid signs of increased free-trade skepticism, highlighted by the victory of Donald Trump in the... READ MORE


RCEP Participating Countries Call for Swift Conclusion of Negotiations

November 10, 2016

Negotiations for the 16-country Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are increasingly making progress towards crafting a future trade and investment deal, officials say, though whethe... READ MORE


In Uncertain Economic Climate, APEC Trade Ministers Eye Areas for Growth

May 25, 2016

Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific economies meeting in Arequipa, Peru, last week called for progress in a... READ MORE


APEC Senior Officials Drive Quality Growth Amid Headwinds

March 4, 2016

Senior Officials from the 21 APEC member economies have convened in Lima to develop new measures for delivering higher quality growth. They are intent on improving social mobility and living standards... READ MORE


Trade agreements are in ASEAN’s best interests

February 6, 2016

At the last Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November 2015, the United States and China advanced their own set of interests with respect to trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific regio... READ MORE


APEC Members Slash Tariffs on Environmental Goods, Group Says

February 4, 2016

Members of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) alliance have released documents detailing progress on implementing their joint pledge to cut applied tariffs to five percent or le... READ MORE


RCI Chat Issue No. 14

February 1, 2016

This issue of the Asia Regional Integration Center's bimonthly newsletter provides the latest news on trade, investment, cross-border infrastructure, and regional public goods among other topic... READ MORE


APEC's New Focus

December 11, 2015

Strong trade growth has traditionally driven strong growth in the Pacific Rim region, but trade growth has disappointed over the last few years. At the same time, the region is having to come to te... READ MORE


Environmental goods agreement trade talks stall ahead of Nairobi ministerial

December 9, 2015

A bid to seal the product list for a tariff-liberalising “Environmental Goods Agreement” (EGA) among a group of 17 WTO members ran into difficulties during the latest negotiating round... READ MORE


Fiji considers pulling out from Pacer Plus agreement

December 8, 2015

Fiji may consider pulling out from the Pacific Agreement for Closer Economic Relations, or PACER plus, which offers Pacific Island Forum countries benefit from enhanced regional trade and economic int... READ MORE


TPP or FTAAP: What It Means for US and the Asia-Pacific Region

November 25, 2015

Although not a household name like NAFTA, by now most Americans who follow trade issues have heard of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), the trade agreement under negotiation between the U.S., Japan... READ MORE


RCI Chat Issue No. 13

November 1, 2015

This is the 13th issue of the ARIC newsletter focused on cross-border infrastructure, trade, investment, money, finance and regional public goods. The November-December 2015 issue includes news on... READ MORE


How Much Will the Davos Initiative Help Reduce Trade Barriers in “Green Goods”?

March 1, 2014

At its launch in 2001, the Doha Round of trade negotiations was dubbed the round for the “Developing Countries and for the protection of the environment.” Under Doha, World Trade Organi... READ MORE


Global Economics Monthly: Economics and the Rebalance

December 1, 2013

Like administrations before it, the Obama administration has put economics at the center of its Asia-Pacific strategy. But it has arguably raised the stakes by making the overall success of its pol... READ MORE


Why is Columbia not in the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

July 1, 2013

Last month, Vice President Joe Biden met with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos in Bogotá as part of his whirlwind tour of the Americas. During and after the trip, Biden stressed the im... READ MORE


Global Economics Monthly: Five Myths about TPP

April 1, 2013

The decision to welcome Japan into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) promises to be transformative, not only for the world’s third-largest economy (see March 2013 Global Economics Monthly),... READ MORE


Prospects for Services Trade Negotiations

October 1, 2012

Trade and investment in services are difficult to measure, and the regulatory barriers that inhibit the free flow of services are hard to quantify. As a result, very little attention has been paid... READ MORE


US Strategic Alignment: Squaring Trade and Grand Strategy in Asia

March 1, 2012

Washington must make sure that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)-led trade approach avoids weakening or dividing ASEAN. That is vital because the engagement strategy outlined and articulated by t... READ MORE