Tag Archives: Trans-Pacific Partnership

With FTAs like these, who needs China?

Michael Sainsbury While China persists with its counterproductive carrot-and-stick approach to trade, Australia should look to more manageable economic relationships in south-east Asia. As the annual end-of-year orgy for global leaders ended in Brisbane yesterday, the opportunities that south-east Asia presents for Australia became ever clearer. The G20 capped off 10 days of frantic jockeying.

Read More

There’s only one agreement that matters at APEC — and it’s not with China

  Michael Sainsbury Australia is spruiking its forthcoming free trade agreement with China, but with China’s economy slowing, the FTA won’t make much difference. Trade Minister Andrew Robb, who along with Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit, was everywhere yesterday talking up the prospect of a free trade

Read More

Xi Jinping pivots to ASEAN

Michael Sainsbury Bangkok China stepped up its diplomatic charm offensive in South East Asia this month as U.S. President Barack Obama canceled his visit to the region amid U.S. paralysis over government funding and debt. In Obama’s absence, China’s leaders offered trade and investment deals to boost the country’s presence across Southeast Asia. Regional enthusiasm

Read More

New government sets ambitious FTA target

Michael Sainsbury Singapore Australia’s newly elected conservative government aims to wrap up free trade agreements with South Korea, Japan and China within a year. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop signaled a change in foreign policy direction that will see a fresh focus put on the Asia Pacific region and stronger links between diplomacy, trade and investment

Read More