Can India negotiate a new trade strategy?

A villager stands outside her house in Rozajalalpur, near the Noida Extension in the outskirts of New Delhi, India. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Amitendu Palit, NUS

India’s approach in negotiating regional and bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) is again in sharp focus. Concern is rising over long delays in concluding a number of major agreements India is a part of. Read more…

FDI key to the future of South Asian regional integration

Indian workers carry metal rods on an overpass bridge in Jammu, India, Monday, 29 February 2016

Authors: Saima Nawaz, COMSATS, and Nasir Iqbal, BISP

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, 419 were in force. But South Asia is still lagging behind. It remains the least integrated region in the world.

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Seizing the moment in Asian economic diplomacy

Female Chinese workers sew clothes to be exported to Southeast Asian countries at a garment factory in Huaibei city, 19 January 2016. The Trans-Pacific Partnership will likely divert trade and investment away from non-members. Already some manufacturers are moving from China to Vietnam to take advantage of better access to the US market. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

Asia is looking to complete a major economic agreement by early 2017 that offers the chance to lift its growth closer to potential by locking in domestic reform and liberalisation through regional cooperation. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is Asia’s response to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and heralds the next phase in Asian economic cooperation. Read more…

ASEAN needs to re-think its approach to preventive diplomacy

The Philippines' Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo speaks during the opening of the 8th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional forum meeting on maritime security in Manila, Philippines, 06 April 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: J. Berkshire Miller, CSIS; Daryl Morini, ASPI; Jeffrey Ordaniel, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies; and Meicen Sun, MIT

Over 20 years ago, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) was founded to address highly sensitive and contentious political and security issues in Asia. Its objective was to develop confidence-building measures and, in time, preventive diplomacy with an ultimate goal of resolving conflicts in the region.

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What might a new Asian order look like?

US President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other world leaders pose for a photograph at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington, DC, United States, 1 April 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Robert A. Manning, Atlantic Council, and Jim Przystup, National Defense University

In numerous essays, Hugh White has argued that the US-led Asia Pacific order, which he rightly views as a source of peace and growing prosperity over the past seventy years, is increasingly outmoded. Read more…

Why China should join the INF Treaty

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People before a plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 13, 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Petr Suchy, Masaryk University, and Bradley A. Thayer, University of Iceland

Russia’s apparent and recent violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty suggests it may be time for Russia and the United States to make the Treaty multilateral — and, most importantly, include China.

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China’s its own worst enemy in regional relations

A view of the dam at the Jinghong Hydropower Station on the Lancang River, the Chinese section of the Mekong River, in Jinghong city, Yunnan province, 20 May 2013. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University

China’s pattern of regional conduct has come increasingly into focus in recent times. Its behaviour is much less about maintaining the ‘status quo’, and much more about revising the established dynamics and contours in the region to its preferences. Read more…