Asian powerhouses · Developing nations and LDCs · Recent Updates · Regional Trade Agreements/FTAs · Western World

Let’s talk about the TPP: Part I

The TPP is definitely the talk of the town. It’s mentioned everywhere. In newspaper op-eds to academic articles. You may have heard of it – a massive “free-trade” pact between 12 (majorly pacific-rim) countries, spearheaded by the United States. Apart from Vietnam, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) members include countries like New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Peru and Mexico. The double-quotations around the… Continue reading Let’s talk about the TPP: Part I

Asian powerhouses · Recent Updates · Trade talks and negotiations · Western World

Part III: Japan takes a step forward, ready to lower pork tariff for the TPP

Japan Times reports that Japan has agreed to review its policy on pork-imports with respect to the tariffs imposed. A brief discussion on the US-Japan standoff can be found here and here. It seems that Japan has finally come around to understanding that it stands to reap massive benefits if it is able to pull… Continue reading Part III: Japan takes a step forward, ready to lower pork tariff for the TPP

Asian powerhouses · Recent Updates · Trade talks and negotiations · Western World

Breaking the Ice: China enters into its first FTA with a European nation

Reuters reports that the details of the China-Iceland FTA which covers goods, services and investment, have been released. The text of the agreement can be conveniently accessed here. Back in April 2007, formal negotiations between the two nations had begun and went on for four successful rounds till mid-2008. However, the initiative received a major setback… Continue reading Breaking the Ice: China enters into its first FTA with a European nation

Asian powerhouses · Recent Updates · Trade talks and negotiations · Western World

Part II of the US-Japan sage: Follow up on TPP talks in Vietnam

Starting today, the dozen countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will begin a new round of talks in Ho Chi Minh City. The four day meeting will be followed up with a ministerial gathering from 19th to 20th May in Singapore. The centre of attention will be the US-Japan deadlock, while the other 10 countries, including Australia… Continue reading Part II of the US-Japan sage: Follow up on TPP talks in Vietnam

Asian powerhouses · The Doha Debate · Trade talks and negotiations

Part I: Where we stand-Doha in Doldrums

It has been almost 12 years since the concept of the “Doha Agenda” was developed. In the wake of several critics claiming that the WTO has failed as an international institution, Director General of the WTO, Roberto Azevẻdo recently warned that the institution has eight months to prove that it has a future. In London,… Continue reading Part I: Where we stand-Doha in Doldrums