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Asia & Pacific

Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Asia and the Pacific region.


Cambodia loses EU trade privileges as it rushes FTA with China
The European Union enforced trade sanctions against Cambodia in response to human rights violations, prompting the government to turn to China.
’Turkey should aim for free trade deal with US’
Ankara should seek a free trade agreement with the US, the head of Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) said on Wednesday.
The risk of investor-state disputes in Asean in the aftermath of Covid-19
The current pandemic, and the treaty claims which are likely to stem from it, are a reminder of the importance for ASEAN to be engaged in ongoing discussions at the United Nations of possible reform of the system of investment treaty arbitration.
Hong Kong-ASEAN FTA to enter into force for Indonesia: HK gov’t
The part relating to Indonesia under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the Investment Agreement (IA) between China’s Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will enter into force on July 4.
US says Hong Kong’s autonomy is gone, sowing China trade doubt
Under the US-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, Washington agreed to treat Hong Kong as fully autonomous for trade and economic matters even after China took control.
Free-trade talks continue despite the pandemic
Cambodia is closer to inking trade deals with developed economies despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
India plans SAARC trade talk soon, but past differences could prove to be a hurdle
SAPTA and SAFTA never took off is because all these countries were never able to focus on trade, keeping politics aside.
Hong Kong-ASEAN free trade agreement, investment agreement to take effect for Philippines in May
On trade in goods under the FTA, the Philippines will progressively eliminate and reduce customs duties on goods originating from Hong Kong. On trade in services, Hong Kong service providers will enjoy better business opportunities.
US urges Australia to expand Pacific push to South-East Asia to counter China’s expansion
The Trump Administration has called on the Morrison Government to extend its "step-up" strategy in the Pacific to South-East Asia, as Washington grapples with China’s rising regional influence.
Nepal’s bilateral investment treaties
Nepal has signed six bilateral investment treaties that can be described as first generation i.e. a template of BITs that were championed by inves­tor-friendly Western European countries

    Links


  • ABAC
    APEC Business Advisory Council is pushing for an FTA among APEC members
  • ASEAN Briefing
    ASEAN Briefing is a platform dedicated to the various and increasing number of trade treaties and agreements throughout the ASEAN region, produced by tax and legal professionals Dezan Shira & Associates.
  • Asia Regional Integration Center
    Database of bilateral and plurilateral FTAs with at least one of Asian Development Bank’s 48 regional members as signatory.
  • Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand FTA
    An Australian government webpage on the Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand FTA negotiations, agreed to end 2004 and begun early 2005.
  • Macau-China FTA
    Official website on the Macau-China Closer Economic Partnership Agreement
  • PANG
    The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) plays the role of the Pacific regional “peoples’ watchdog on trade issues”.