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Deal on China-backed mega free trade pact likely in November – Singapore

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will become the world's biggest free trade pact if an agreement is reached

MEETING. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (9th from left) poses with the ASEAN economic and trade ministers at the opening of 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings in Singapore on August 29, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Asian countries denounce 'real threat' of global trade war

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Some ministers have called for the early conclusion of talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a 16-nation pact poised to become the world's largest free-trade agreement

SUMMIT. Participating foreign ministers pose for a group photograph at the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers'€™ Meeting, during the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in Singapore on August 4, 2018. Leaders, ministers and representatives are meeting in the city-state from August 1 to 4 for the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM). Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Trump considers rejoining Pacific trade pact he once spurned

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:24 AM

'Would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama,' US President Donald Trump says in a tweet

TRUMP ON TPP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Canada looks to Pacific as NAFTA under threat

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Canada announces it will sign on the Trans Pacific Partnership, moving to diversify its trade relationships as Canadian, US and Mexican negotiators kick off a sixth round of talks NAFTA

JOINING TPP. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 annual meeting, on January 23, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

4 hard truths about Justin Trudeau

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has impressed world leaders and swooning girls alike, but he has been hit for his views on climate change and using PR stunts to distract the public

THE RETURN. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in the Philippines on November 12 for the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trudeau pulls brakes on TPP trade pact in APEC sideline drama

Nov 11, 2017 - 10:18 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Ministers save the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accused of 'sabotaging' the trade deal that the US has already abandoned.

NOT READY. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's not ready to close the TPP deal. AFP file phot

What’s next for the ASEAN economy in a post-American world?

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:15 AM

The US-led global order that fostered stability and globalization is crumbling and ASEAN economies will have to be linked closer than ever to thrive in the uncertain new world

America first? Global trade on the block as Trump heads to APEC

Nov 08, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The future of global trade comes under the microscope this week as Donald Trump addresses Asia-Pacific leaders in Vietnam

WELCOME TO DANANG. A worker at the international airport walks past a signboard welcoming visitors to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 8, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

At ASEAN anniv, Duterte warns against protectionism

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine President describes the Obama led Trans Pacific Partnership as a dream that [is] no longer there under the Trump administration

Pacific Rim nations fight to save TPP trade pact

May 21, 2017 - 11:42 AM

UPDATED Several countries try to ‘resuscitate’ the massive free trade pact even as the new US trade chief affirms President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw

NEW TRADE BLOC. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (6R) and Ministerial Representatives from 12 countries pose for a photo after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Auckland on February 3, 2016. Michael Bradley/AFP

Trump's trade negotiator makes Asia debut at APEC talks

May 20, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Trump favors bilateral trade deals over the ambitious multilateral pacts of Barack Obama s administration

TRADE. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. Photo by AFP

Pence says new U.S.-Japan talks could lead to trade deal

Apr 18, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Pence s comments come as the two countries kicked off talks aimed at achieving a new economic relationship – in line with US President Donald Trump s vow to focus on bilateral trade deals

PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence says new US-Japan talks could lead to trade deal. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Asia-Pacific seeks to save TPP trade deal without U.S.

Mar 16, 2017 - 8:03 AM

After two days of high level meetings in Chile officials wrap up their talks with no clear plan to replace the defunct deal but a dogged determination not to throw out years of painstaking negotiations

In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila.  Jay Directo/AFP

U.S. under Trump: We would be foolish not to engage Asia

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:56 PM

I am confident that the President and his advisers will continue our engagement in the Asia Pacific region US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

MEDIA ROUNDTABLE. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim holds a roundtable with select Filipino journalists on January 24, 2017, in Makati City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Australia opens door to China in push to save TPP

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:11 AM

3rd UPDATE Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his government is in active discussions with other TPP countries including his Japanese New Zealand and Singaporean counterparts on how to salvage the agreement

US President Donald Trump holds up an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump torpedoes Trans-Pacific Partnership

Jan 23, 2017 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED After signing an executive order Trump said he would be going back to those countries one on one to find terms more favorable to the United States

TRUMP ON TPP. US President Donald Trump meets with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

DTI chief Lopez: Trump's reforms align with Duterte's

Jan 20, 2017 - 3:13 PM

In an early session at the World Economic Forum 2017 DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez says he has observed that the US new economic priorities are aligned with Duterte s thrust to spur economic growth

ALIGNED POLICIES. Photo taken when Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez introduced President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the Philippine-China Trade and Investment Forum held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Japan: From semi-sovereignty to splendid isolation?

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM

After the Duterte surprise came the Trump shock To Tokyo old certainties that underpinned the post World War II order were suddenly melting and rapidly

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on during a joint press statement with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on January 12, 2017. Prime Minister Abe arrived in the Philippines on January 12, becoming the first foreign leader to visit since President Rodrigo Duterte took office last year and launched his deadly war on crime. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Japan's Abe pushes Pacific trade deal in Australia

Jan 14, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Close allies Canberra and Tokyo announce a new defense deal to facilitate closer logistics support and cooperation during combined exercises training and peace keeping operations

TPP DEAL. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (R) attend a tea ceremony hosted by Sen Soshitsu (unseen), the Grand Tea Master, at the Tokyo headquarters of the Urasenke school of tea ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, December 18, 2015. Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/EPA

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Duterte says TPP ‘a very wrong policy’

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:44 PM

The Philippine president says the Obama led Trans Pacific Partnership is disastrous for developing countries because it restricts access to affordable medicines

TALKING ECONOMIC POLICY. President Duterte hosts a dinner for businessmen on December 12, 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Trans-Pacific Partnership 'meaningless' without U.S. – Japan PM

Nov 22, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The future of the 12 nation Trans Pacific Partnership TPP has been thrown into serious doubt after the US president elect repeated a pledge to make withdrawing from the pact a top priority

This handout picture, released by Japan's Cabinet Secretariat on November 18, 2016 shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) in a meeting with US president-elect Donald Trump (L) in New York. Japan Cabinet Secretariat/AFP

Trump vows to withdraw from TPP 'on day one'

Nov 22, 2016 - 8:17 AM

UPDATED Trump: Instead we will negotiate fair bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores

In this photo, US President-elect Donald Trump speaks to the press following a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2016. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

PH shelves TPP membership, eyes China-led RCEP

Nov 21, 2016 - 6:29 PM

UPDATED The Philippines eyes the China led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as an ideal and lucrative market

TALE OF TRADE DEALS. With the TPP now apparently dead in the water, the Philippines puts focus on exploring opportunities in China-led RCEP. Background Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

APEC: China pushes free trade as Trump leaves void

Nov 20, 2016 - 8:42 AM

UPDATED Chinese President Xi Jinping pushes Beijing s free trade plans at a summit of Asia Pacific leaders stepping up to fill the void left by US President elect Donald Trump s protectionism

APEC 2016. Leaders take part in the start of the ABAC and APEC Leaders' Dialogue at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima on November 19, 2016. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Asia-Pacific leaders talk trade in a Trump world

Nov 17, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 3 big factors looming over the 21 nation Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Lima Peru

A man arrives at the convention centre prior to the upcoming APEC Finance Ministerial Meeting, in Lima, on October 12, 2016. Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Asia-Pacific leaders to talk trade in a Trump world

Nov 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM

This year s APEC Summit to be held in Peru may be unlike any other coming on the heels of Trump s shock win in the November 8 election

READY FOR APEC. A worker sweeps the front stairs of the convention centre prior to the upcoming APEC Finance Ministerial Meeting, in Lima, on October 12, 2016. Ernesto Benavides/AFP

China's Xi, Trump agree to meet 'at an early date' – CCTV

Nov 14, 2016 - 3:56 PM

In a telephone call Xi told Trump that the world s top two economies need cooperation and there are a lot of things we can cooperate on CCTV reports

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and US President-elect Donald Trump (R). Photos by Fred Dufour (Xi) and Nicholas Kamm (Trump) / AFP

Belgium drama over, EU and Canada to sign trade deal

Oct 29, 2016 - 8:47 AM

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement removes 99 of customs duties between the two sides linking the single EU market of 500 million people with the world s 10th largest economy

MARATHON TALKS. Members of the Wallon parliament attend a plenary session in Namur during a debate on the CETA (EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) on October 28, 2016. Photo by Bruno Fahy/AFP

Belgium plans new talks to break EU-Canada trade deadlock

Oct 27, 2016 - 10:46 AM

The stakes are high amid warnings that the EU s international standing will suffer further if 7 years of trade negotiations go to waste because of internal Belgian politics

Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (C) speaks to the press as he arrives for a third meeting of the consultative committee with ministers of the Federal government, the regional governments and the community governments, in Brussels on October 26, 2016. Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga/AFP

Belgium's Wallonia misses EU 'ultimatum' on Canada trade pact

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:20 AM

A Brussels summit to seal a landmark EU Canada trade deal is still possible this week European Council President Donald Tusk says even though Belgium cannot give its approval

NO TO FREE TRADE DEAL. A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'Stop TTIP - Stop CETA' ahead of an emergency meeting of all Belgium federal entities on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in Brussels on October 24, 2016. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Canada-EU failure signals more bad news for free trade deals

Oct 23, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Now the enthusiasm for breaking down borders appears to be fizzling out

NO DEAL. This file photo taken on September 20, 2016 shows a man holding a placard depicting a no entry sign with the TTIP and CETA logos, during a demonstration outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels, to protest against huge transatlantic trade deals linking Europe with Canada and the United States. John Thys/AFP

Obama to press China on steel at G20, Lew says

Sep 01, 2016 - 5:30 PM

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: Excess capacity distorts markets and the environment harms our workers and runs counter to our efforts to achieve strong sustainable and balanced growth

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 31: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks about his upcoming trip to China, at the Brookings Institute, on August 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. Secretary Lew will be traveling to later today to Hangzhou, China to attend the G20 Summit. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Obama makes last push for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Obama said the vexed Trans Pacific Partnership was part of the answer to questions like how do we make sure that globalization technology automation those things work for us not against us?

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as part of a State Visit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, August 2, 2016. Saul Loeb/AFP

IMF warns the US over high poverty, inequality

Jun 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The International Monetary Fund lowers its outlook for economic growth in the United States where 46 7 million people are living in poverty

epa04263269 A homeless man, who did not want to identified, sits on a sidewalk in New York, New York, USA, 16 June 2014. A report released earlier this year showed that nearly half of of the city's population is living near poverty levels. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Malaysian investors told: Keep investing in PH beyond elections

May 06, 2016 - 9:43 AM

The finance chief says the Philippines is in the right place at the right time with its favorable demographics and integration with ASEAN neighbors

SHOPTALK. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (right) encourages Malaysian firms to do business in the Philippines. Beside him is TAEL Partners CEO Michael Sng. Photo from Department of Finance

Mendag Tom Lembong : Indonesia Siapkan Kerjasama Komprehensif dengan Eropa

Apr 08, 2016 - 12:18 PM

Data Badan Pusat Statistik pada 5 tahun terakhir menunjukkan total nilai perdagangan Indonesia Uni Eropa turun sekitar 5 4 persen per tahun Neraca surplus turun 16 7 persen

enteri Perdagangan Thomas Trikasih Lembong melukis di atas keramik saat berkunjung di sentra kerajinan keramik Dinoyo, Malang, Jawa Timur, Jumat, 1 April. Foto oleh Ari Bowo Sucipto/ANTARA

Japan PM defends US military alliance in rebuff to Trump

Apr 06, 2016 - 3:11 PM

Abe: I cannot conceive of any situation within the foreseeable future when the US presence wouldn t be necessary

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, March 29, 2016. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Roxas: No to 'dead' TPP trade deal

Mar 30, 2016 - 8:50 PM

From his earlier cautious stance on the US led agreement the Liberal Party standard bearer now says he s against the TPP

MORE DEFINITIVE. Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas says the TPP is 'dead,' and will harm the Philippines' agriculture sector. Rappler file photo

US-ASEAN Summit likely a 'win' for global trade – HSBC

Feb 15, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The summit could be a springboard for increased trade between the United States and Southeast Asian nations

2015 and the Lunar Year that was: From bad to good

Feb 06, 2016 - 8:00 AM

As the lunar Year of the Monkey arrives here is our updated list of this past year’s winners

12 negara tandatangani Kemitraan Trans Pasifik

Feb 04, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Pengunjuk rasa berpendapat TPP akan mengorbankan lapangan kerja

Delegasi 12 negara usai menandatangani Kemitraan Trans Pasifik di Auckland, New Zealand, pada 4 Februari 2016. Foto oleh Peter Meecham/EPA

White House warns Congress to not delay Pacific trade deal

Feb 03, 2016 - 2:07 PM

US Trade Representative Michael Froman expressed confidence that Congress would endorse the deal in coming months

A view of a container port with the Singapore business district in the background in Singapore, December 7, 2013. How Hwee Young/EPA

Pacific trade deal to be signed off in New Zealand

Jan 21, 2016 - 7:57 AM

New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay said the document would finally be signed in Auckland on February 4

A view of a container port with the Singapore business district in the background in Singapore, December 7, 2013. How Hwee Young/EPA

Vietnam sees reform opportunities, labor challenges in TPP

Jan 17, 2016 - 11:50 AM

Vietnam does not allow the millions of workers in its export orientated factories to form independent trade unions – but this should change with the coming into force of the Trans Pacific Partnership

This picture taken on October 20, 2015 shows female workers on a production line at the Garment 10 Company in the outskirts of Hanoi. Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

PH vows ‘prompt, mutually beneficial’ implementation of EDCA

Jan 13, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the Supreme Court ruling on EDCA opens up new opportunities to further deepen our enduring alliance with the US

PH-US 2+2. (L-R) Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Philippine Secretary of Defense Voltaire  Gazmin and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter pose for a photo opportunity before the second Philippines-US Two-plus-Two Ministerial Dialogue on January 12, 2016, at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC

PH must 'bite bullet' on charter change for TPP

Dec 11, 2015 - 1:47 PM

A Washington based think tank says Aquino or his successor must commit to changing economic provisions of the charter for the Philippines to complete TPP talks

TPP INTEREST. President Aquino told US President Barack Obama that the Philippines wants to join the TPP. But is he ready to join economic provisions of the Constitution to be part of the trade deal? File photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Fokus KTT ASEAN: Memerangi ISIS dan sengketa Laut Cina Selatan

Nov 21, 2015 - 11:02 AM

Agenda lain yang dibahas soal TPP dan bencana asap di tanah air

ASEAN PERANGI ISIS. Presiden Joko Widodo bersama pemimpin negara di kawasan Asia Tenggara di KTT ASEAN. Salah satu agendanya: memerangi ISIS. Foto diambil dari twit @pramonoanung

Historic ASEAN summit opens under shadow of terror

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:13 AM

UPDATED Here s what s on the table and what s at stake for the Southeast Asian bloc

ASEAN SUMMIT OPENS. Armed Malaysian soldiers and police officers secure the area outside the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, the venue of the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 19, 2015. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

APEC 2015: Summit ends with looming trade deal competition

Nov 19, 2015 - 7:52 PM

The leaders declaration reiterates the need for an APEC wide free trade agreement

CONCLUDING. The leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) 21 economies discuss how to boost regional trade at the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting held on Thursday, November 19, 2015.