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Indo-Pacific : US Role in Infrastructure
The US has announced that it will make a US$113 million “down payment” to support its initiatives in the Indo-Pacific in the areas of digital economy, energy, and infrastructure. While this amount pales in comparison to ...
Inching for a trade war : worst is yet to come
Although the prospect of a trade war between US and other economies looms large, the actual confrontation could still be evaded. But even if a trade war does not occur, the world is not off the hook as the US is having ...
China’s Maritime Silk Road: Challenging Test for ASEAN
The Maritime Silk Road (MSR) holds great potential to foster ASEAN-China economic relations. China could achieve its connectivity scheme while ASEAN states could accomplish their regional integration objectives. However, ...
Sustainable Development : Can ASEAN Lead the Process?
ASEAN is planning to establish its Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD). Whether the Centre will provide ASEAN leadership in SD cooperation depends on the entity’s design. Southeast Asian ...
RCEP : Another Missed Deadline
RCEP members dropped their earlier pledge to reach a “substantial conclusion” by the end of this year and postponed its completion date to 2019. However, the headway in the first half of 2019 is likely to be slow due to ...
Economic Headwinds in 2019 : Navigating Priorities for ASEAN
To face economic headwinds in 2019, ASEAN member states should prioritise implementing ASEAN Economic Community 2025 and concluding RCEP negotiation.
34th ASEAN Summit and Thailand : Headway or Uncertainty?
The just-concluded 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok showed some progress in ASEAN cooperation and integration, but certain challenges remain. Thailand’s internal politics will determine the country’s next foreign minister; ...
RSIS-WTO Parliamentarian Workshop – Trade and Sustainable Development : Achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda
The World Trade Organszation (WTO) has made notable contributions to help countries accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations (UN). However, there exist certain areas where trade can play a ...