46 results about SOUTHEAST ASIA


Singapore Becomes ASEAN Chair, Charts Path for Future of Regional Integration and Cooperation

January 18, 2018

Last week, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched his country’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2018. As the Philippines passes along the b... READ MORE


UK looks to join Pacific trade group after Brexit

January 2, 2018

Britain has held informal talks about joining a flagship Pacific trade group, in an audacious bid to kick-start exports after Brexit.



ASEAN signs free trade, investment pacts with Hong Kong

November 12, 2017

Hong Kong signed free trade and investment agreements with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday, in what one of the Chinese territory’s officials called a “lou... READ MORE


RCEP Negotiators Set Groundwork for November Leaders’ Summit

November 2, 2017

The 20th round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) concluded in Incheon, South Korea last week, where delegates sought to build convergence on... READ MORE


EU Commission: Indonesia Trade Talks Advance to Text-Based Phase

October 5, 2017

Talks between the EU and Indonesia for a free trade accord have advanced to “text-based” negotiations in the majority of areas under consideration, according to a report published by th... READ MORE


Australia, Indonesia Trade Chiefs Push to Conclude Deal by November

September 28, 2017

Trade ministers from Australia and Indonesia announced last week that the two countries would aim to clinch a bilateral trade pact by November, bringing forward their previous target date in an eff... READ MORE


ASEAN 50 Years on: Lessons for the CFTA Process

September 20, 2017

Fifty years after the signing of its founding declaration, how much has the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) achieved in terms of regional integration? What are the main lessons that... READ MORE


Eyeing November Leaders' Meeting, RCEP Ministers Pledge to "Maximise Progress"

September 14, 2017

Economic ministers from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) countries pledged to ramp up their negotiating efforts on an extensive regional free trade deal, following a meeting i... READ MORE


RCEP Negotiators Conclude Nineteenth Round, Push for "Accelerated" Progress

August 3, 2017

Trade officials from 16 countries finished up the nineteenth round of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Hyderabad, India, last week, aiming to pave the way f... READ MORE


ASEAN, Pacific Alliance to strengthen cooperation

May 3, 2017

ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance renewed their commitment to strengthen cooperation between the two regional organisations during the third Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN... READ MORE


Asia-Pacific Roundup: Japan, ASEAN Meeting, Australia-India FTA Update

April 13, 2017

The past week has seen various meetings on advancing regional integration projects in the Asia-Pacific, including a new round of talks between China, South Korea, and Japan on a trilateral trade de... READ MORE


Indonesia to prioritize Free Trade Agreement with European Union (EU)

December 16, 2016

The cooperation between participating countries within the Indonesia-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was designed to enhance the economic cooperation between In... READ MORE


ASEAN's regional trade pact gaining growing momentum

December 15, 2016

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has come into the global spotlight with the imminent demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. And the conclusion of the 16th round of RCEP neg... READ MORE


RCEP to consolidate Asian integration

December 13, 2016

There have been many statements in the media lately about the impact of the United States election on Asia, specifically regarding president-elect Donald Trump’s comments about the Trans-Pacific Partn... READ MORE


Vietnam Pivots Away from US-Led Trade Zone as Trump Preps for Office

December 12, 2016

Vietnamese officials once excited by joining the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping Pacific Rim trade zone, are looking instead to other deals that would stimulate their export-depen... READ MORE


Malaysia’s trade policy post–TPP

December 10, 2016

Malaysia’s trade with the United States has been in decline. But with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement dead in the water, what is next for Malaysia’s trade agenda? READ MORE


China Wants Quick Close on Regional Trade Agreement for Asia

November 23, 2016

China wants to seal the deal on a trade agreement with Southeast Asian countries as soon as possible with a U.S.-led pact now in doubt, a Ministry of Commerce official said Thursday. The country will... READ MORE


South Asia's Turn:Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse

October 6, 2016

The report examines three critical and relatively understudied drivers of competitiveness: Economies of agglomeration: firms and workers accrue benefits from locating close together in cities or cl... READ MORE


U.S. Is Rare Bright Spot in Southeast Asia as China Exports Drop

October 6, 2016

After years of looking to China as a source of growth, Southeast Asian countries are turning their attention back to the world’s largest economy on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. READ MORE


ASEAN Leaders Eye Next Steps For Boosting Economic Integration

September 15, 2016

The Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) concluded a series of leaders’ level meetings last week, gathering in Vientiane, Laos, for three days of talks on “Turning Vision into Reali... READ MORE


Facilitating ASEAN Trade in Goods

June 1, 2016

Trade facilitation should be viewed as a strategic issue rather than a technical one. While ASEAN has been successful in the phasing out of intra-regional tariffs, ASEAN's trade facilitation is... READ MORE


FDI key to the future of South Asian regional integration

May 11, 2016

Recent decades have witnessed a growing trend towards regional economic integration. As of February 2016, some 625 notifications of regional trade agreements had been received by the WTO and of these,... READ MORE


AIIB to unlock South Asia’s economic potential

March 9, 2016

South Asia’s economic potential has long been constrained by low levels of economic integration. Despite being closely linked geographically, culturally and historically, intra-regional trade is very... READ MORE


South Korea, Vietnam ink trade and investment deal

March 5, 2016

The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City (ITPC) to facilitate the exchange of inves... READ MORE


PH, EFTA expected to sign free trade deal before June

February 28, 2016

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is optimistic that the Philippines-European Free Trade Association (PH-EFTA) Free Trade Agreement will be sealed before June 2016. The fifth round of Philip... READ MORE


Trade, Economic Ties in Focus as US, ASEAN Leaders Meet

February 18, 2016

Regional trade and economic ties were high on the agenda during a two-day summit of US and Southeast Asian leaders in the California resort of Sunnylands, held from 15-16 February. 

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Chinese digital firms can plug into region via Singapore

January 21, 2016

Singapore can be an effective launch pad for Chinese digital companies to expand into the region, says Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran. He noted yesterday that the growing middle... READ MORE


Free Trade Agreement with Thailand may not benefit Pakistan

January 15, 2016

Experts have urged the government to complete its homework before engaging into the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Thailand as, historically, FTAs have failed to usher favourable terms for Pakistan’s... READ MORE


ICBC Singapore signs 10 strategic cooperation agreements for 3rd Sino-Singapore project

January 11, 2016

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Singapore has entered 10 agreements to boost economic ties between Singapore and China, it said on Monday. The bank is part of the pioneer batch of finan... READ MORE


Regional Trade and Bilateral Trading Agreements: The Case of ASEAN

December 14, 2015

In a global economic system characterized by the multiplication of bilateral trade agreements, regional economic organizations risk losing their traditional rationale and becoming irrelevant. This per... READ MORE


ASEAN must 'tap shift to services sector'

December 12, 2015

To reap the full benefits of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), countries in the region must go beyond liberalising the goods trade and further open up the trade in services, experts said. READ MORE


Bigger free trade agreements for the Philippines: RCEP and TPP

December 9, 2015

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) will take shape by Dec. 31. The 10 ASEAN member states will be more integrated regionally to become one single production ba... READ MORE


Asean, China to upgrade trade pact

November 21, 2015

Asean countries and China have agreed to upgrade a 13-year-old agreement to free up trade between the grouping's 10 members and the world's second largest economy.They will commit to the upgrade at a... READ MORE


ASEAN Economic Integration Through Trade and Foreign Direct Investment: Long-Term Challenges

October 1, 2015

This paper explores the long-term challenges for trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The region has emerged as an important production b... READ MORE


Southeast Asia's Geopolitical Centrality and the US-Japan Alliance

June 1, 2015

Building on a careful analysis of Southeast Asia’s recent history, politics, economics, and place within the Asia Pacific, this report looks forward two decades to anticipate the development... READ MORE


The ASEAN Economy in the Regional Context: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy Options

December 1, 2014

This paper suggests that ASEAN needs an ambitious plan for economic integration beyond the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), to achieve its economic development aspirations.As ASEAN designs its post-... READ MORE


ASEAN Commercial Policy: A Rare Case of Outward-Looking Regional Integration

November 1, 2014

This paper analyses the work done by the ASEAN community and its role in facilitating economic development. Despite its success, ASEAN has not progressed very far in terms of becoming a formal econ... READ MORE


Global Value-Chains and Connectivity in Developing Asia - with application to the Central and West Asian Region

November 1, 2014

An increasingly important part of international trade consists of fragmentation of the production process, with differing tasks in the global value chain (GVC) being undertaken in different locatio... READ MORE


From Spaghetti Bowl to Jigsaw Puzzle? Addressing the Disarray in the World Trade System

October 1, 2014

The rise of mega-regionals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) suggests that the world trade system is fragmenting to the point it... READ MORE


Achieving Trade Promotion Authority Will Require a Heavy Lift from the President

January 1, 2014

Most observers agree the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will be tough to conclude because of the high-standard, comprehensive nature of the 12-country accord and the diversity of n... READ MORE


Southeastern Promises?: An Appraisal of the Russia-ASEAN Economic Partnership

August 1, 2013

In July 1996, Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) established a comprehensive ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership. Despite these efforts, neither Russia nor ASEAN are priori... READ MORE


The 2013 ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting & Its Implications for the United States

August 1, 2013

The 45th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting and related meetings will be held in Brunei from August 20 to 24. The AEM provides a platform for economic and trade ministers from the 10 ASEAN memb... 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


Developing an Enduring Strategy for ASEAN

January 1, 2012

The U.S.-ASEAN Strategy Commission was organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to provide useful and practical recommendations to American policymakers with the objec... READ MORE