Regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP)

Global Economy

Novel shifts seen in global supply chains; Phase One deal might be renegotiated

(May 20): Consumer demand and global supply chains have taken a hit from the movement control restrictions and lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.


Smaller states caught between rock and a hard place

SINGAPORE (May 15): Growing geopolitical tensions and disrupted trade has put Southeast Asian economies in a rather difficult geo-economic position.

China Focus

Blue dots or red spots?

(Dec 13): In the sidelines of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership conference in Bangkok, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the US-led Blue Dot Network.

China Focus

China's Belt and Road Initiative offers stability

(Nov 18): The only feature that can be relied upon in the US-led trade war with China is that US President Donald Trump cannot be relied upon.

China Focus

Investors reassured by China's commitment to free trade

(Nov 11): Those who thought China was losing the trade war are wrong. Those who thought China could be intimidated into retreating from its commitment to free trade are wrong.

Global Economy

China to work with Asia to secure world trade, ex-PBOC head says

(Sept 22): China will work with other Asian countries to safeguard international trade rules, as well as the monetary and financial order, according to its former central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochu


Dreams of an Asia-Pacific trade pact by year-end fading again

(Sept 4): Hopes of finishing a monster Asia-Pacific trade pact by year’s end, and pushing back against a wave of protectionism, may be headed for disappointment again.

SE Asian economies

China-backed Asia trade deal pushed back to 2019 amid delays

SINGAPORE (Nov 13): Asian nations gave up hopes of completing a 16-nation trade bloc this year, with Chinese and Australian officials now looking to finalise the deal in 2019.

PM Lee unsure if China-backed trade pact will be finalised this year

(Sept 12): Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday said he was not sure if an agreement on major regional trade pact backed by China will be finalised this year.

World's biggest trading bloc a step closer after Tokyo meeting

SINGAPORE (July 1): Asian trade ministers took another step toward creating what could be the world’s biggest trading bloc on Sunday, expressing hope that a deal could be signed by the end of this

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