The European Union and Thailand announced the resumption of bilateral free trade agreement talks. So, what shapes this decision?
THINK TANK: Solar, China and embedded carbon; Korea-ASEAN, trade facilitation and fish
One of the most interesting publications of trade policy think tanks and research institutions this week is by the Hinrich Foundation and delves into the global solar panel supply chain. The OECD has updated its trade facilitation database and the International Institute for Sustainable Development has released a detailed explainer …
EFTA and Singapore launch digital economy agreement negotiations
The four countries of the European Free Trade Area are entering the new Singapore-led digital trade agreement bandwagon.
Week in Brussels: EU-US, exports, Indo-Pacific, CETA
This rentrée week’s developments in EU trade policy herald an intense autumn.
Week in Brussels: Indo-Pacific, India, hunting trophies
A comparatively quiet week in EU trade policy, with a few important policy signals sent over from Strasbourg. By Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer.
COMMENT: Digital Partnerships in Asia -Pacific: EU needs to be more than non-committal
Is this the European Union’s approach to ‘digital partnerships’ in the Indo-Pacific just fluff? At the very least one can say it is much too timid.
Interview: United States and Europe can do a lot together in the Indo-Pacific
The United States will soon announce plans for an Indo-Pacific economic framework as part of its new strategy for the region. Europeans have also developed their own Indo-Pacific strategies. There is scope for transatlantic cooperation on trade and economic issues of common interest. Asia Society’s Wendy Cutler shares some thoughts …
Perspectives: The EU’s conflicting trade objectives in the Indo-Pacific region
It is difficult for great trading powers such as the European Union to meaningfully engage with other regions such as the Indo-Pacific, given their increased preference for autonomous measures over trade agreements. There is a need for a broader consideration of EU objectives, and potentially new tools to deliver them.
EU sets sights on Indo-Pacific to roll out its digital ambitions
The European Union’s trade policy plans in the Indo-Pacific strongly focus strongly on the digital aspect of things, a new Communication unveiled today confirms. The EU is rolling out its Global Gateway – a pendant to China’s Belt and Road – through a new strategy initially requested by the EU’s member states. …