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China to Join RCEP, Creating Massive Free Trade Area with ASEAN, India, and Japan

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Plus Myanmar issues new foreign investment law Nov. 9 – China is set to commence negotiations to create a 16-nation trade bloc, known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with its launch expected to be formally announced at the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh later this month. The RCEP will include the 10 members […]

Obama to Visit Myanmar, New Foreign Investment Law Released

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By Daniel Fleishman Nov. 9 – U.S. President Barack Obama, who won a second term in office this past Tuesday, will be taking a trip to Myanmar later this month as part of a broad tour of Southeast Asia. He will make history as the first American president to visit Myanmar and the second high-level […]

Emerging Asia Looking Attractive As China Data Looks “Rushed”

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Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and India all star as China begins to create statistical anomalies Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis Aug. 20 – As Emerging Asia releases its Q1 figures, there are a whole bunch of stats that spring out, not least the continuing GDP growth throughout the region. However, digging deeper, some surprising trends seem to […]

The China Alternative – Singapore

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The China Alternative is our series on other foreign investment destinations in emerging Asia that may soon be competing with China in terms of labor costs, infrastructure and operational capacity. In this issue we look at Singapore. By Joshua Gill and Martino di Nola Background Jul. 17 – In a global economy dominated by huge […]

European Union Free Trade Negotiations with Southeast Asia

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By Ian Bhullar Jul. 3 – The announcement of negotiations on a Vietnam-European Union (EU) free trade agreement (FTA) this week is promising for business leaders with interests on the intersection of Europe and the whole of the Southeast Asian region. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Vietnamese Minister for Industry and Trade Vu […]

Myanmar Attracts International Investment

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By Joshua Gill Jun. 25 – Following U.S. President Barack Obama’s May 17 announcement that the United States would ease its sanctions against Myanmar, some American firms have begun to make efforts to expand into this newly available market. In his speech, President Obama declared that the suspension of the bans on the exportation of […]

India-Myanmar Sign Key Trade and Development Deals

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Infrastructure includes road linking India to Thailand May 29 – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in Myanmar meeting with President Thein Sein this week, has agreed on a number of key investment and development projects with the country. It has been the first visit to Myanmar by an Indian PM in 25 years. Among the […]

Why ASEAN Matters For Your China Business

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The 2015 Free Trade Agreement will soon kick in. Is your China business ready? Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis May 22 – The term “ASEAN” is cropping up more often these days, yet still many businesses in China are unaware of what it is and why it is gaining in importance. The basic answer is fairly […]

ASEAN and China to Become Top Trade Partners by 2015

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Apr. 20 – When taken together as a group, the combined members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will become China’s top trading partners by 2015, according to the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. Made up of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, ASEAN […]

Myanmar Set to Open Up to Foreign Investment

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Mar. 28 – The Myanmar government is introducing a new set of regulations expected to promote foreign direct investment into the country. Coupled with the lifting of U.S. sanctions on the existing regime, this move may well spell the beginning of a new chapter in the nation’s development. Long a pariah state and run until […]

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