Mixed reception to UK unveiling trans-Pacific trade pact membership

The UK’s announcement that it will soon join 11 other countries in a major Asia-Pacific trade partnership — the country’s biggest post-Brexit trade deal to date — earned a mixed…

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Thai civil society urges government to end plans to join CPTPP

Thailand’s anti-CPTPP civil society organizations, claiming to represent 400,000 citizens, issued an open letter today (Thursday), addressed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, urging the government immediately to cease plans to…

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Japan’s Prime Minister and the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Fumio Kishida and his cabinet ministers raise their hands and shout “banzai” (cheers) after the dissolution of the lower house was announced at the Parliament in Tokyo, Japan October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Op-Ed: Japan, a gatekeeper of China-US ties

With new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in power, Japan has become a heavy-weight player in shaping China-US relations. In his first major speech he reiterated not just that the…

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Workers make Chinese flags at a factory in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

China applies to join Pacific trade pact to boost economic clout

BEIJING, Sept 16 (Reuters) – China has filed an application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the commerce ministry said, as the world’s second-biggest economy…

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(Photo by Roberto Catarinicchia)

Op-Ed: Global Britain wooing Asean

Make no mistake, when the UK decides to display its maritime power, the right place to show off is the South China Sea. It is the center of regional concern…

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400,000 join Greenpeace’s campaign to stop Thailand joining CPTPP

Members of Greenpeace Thailand gathered in front of Government House on Tuesday, to present the 400,000 signatures it has gathered in opposition to the government’s plan to join the Comprehensive…

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File photo / Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit.

Covid-19 puts damper on Thailand’s prospects of joining trans-Pacific trade pact

Thailand’s chance of joining the trans-Pacific trade bloc is now very slim after strong opposition has prompted the withdrawal of a proposal to apply for membership. Given the ongoing Covid-19…

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Pharmacy Council urges caution over Thailand joining the CPTPP

The Pharmacy Council of Thailand (PCT) has urged the Government not to rush into joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP, fearing that early entry, without…

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