France’s Indo-Pacific strategy: inclusive and principled

Author: Françoise Nicolas, French Institute of International Relations France’s recently launched Indo-Pacific strategy has attracted many critical and sarcastic comments. Some Western analysts picture France’s move as a desperate (and vain) attempt to regain its past grandeur and most of them consider the strategy doomed to fail, while Chinese commentators criticise France for following in […]

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Trump has abandoned dispute settlement

Author: Sourabh Gupta, ICAS On 10 December 2019, the two-man demolition crew of President Donald Trump and United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer took their wrecking ball to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body in Geneva. Two of the three remaining dispute settlement judges concluded their terms on this day — with a minimum of three judges needed to hear cases. […]

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Weaponised interdependence and the Japanese private sector

Author: Kristin Vekasi, University of Maine From trade barriers to financial sanctions, it’s increasingly common to see economic interdependence deployed for political goals. The United States uses its control of global financial networks to implement its economic sanctions policy and has used trade restrictions to obstruct Chinese competitors’ access to US-based technology. China is said […]

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ASEAN anchor to Asian trade policy strategy

Author: Editorial Board, ANU As the global trade regime threatens to unravel under the Trump administration’s assault on the WTO dispute settlement disciplines and its tearing up the rules in its trade war with China, ASEAN — the motley Southeast Asian grouping that includes Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and the […]

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ASEAN’s quiet resilience

Author: Kishore Mahbubani, NUS ASEAN should have begun to crack and fall apart from the strain of the rising geopolitical rivalries in Asia between the United States and China, if what critics say about its fragility were true. But ASEAN steadily marched through another difficult and challenging year and quietly delivered many positive results that […]

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Cracks in Xi and Modi’s shared world vision

Author: Chris Ogden, University of St Andrews Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Chennai, India from 11–12 October 2019 for their second so-called ‘informal summit’. With Modi enjoying his recent general election victory and Xi continuing to exert his domestic dominance, these annual meetings are gaining greater significance. They […]

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