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The China Alternative – Singapore


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


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 […]

Why ASEAN Matters For Your China Business


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


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


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 […]

China, ASEAN Negotiating Trade in RMB


Oct. 25 – China is negotiating with ASEAN countries over settling trade in Chinese renminbi (RMB), Assistant to the Governor of the People’s Bank of China Jin Qi told reporters Saturday in Nanning during the third China-ASEAN Summit Forum on Financial Cooperation and Development. “It (the agreement) is currently underway, but the exact time for […]

India’s Free Trade Agreements


Apr. 27 – Free trade agreements are normally made between two countries. Many governments, throughout the world have either signed FTA, or are negotiating or contemplating new bilateral free trade and investment contracts. However, there are two types of free trade agreements: namely, bilateral and multilateral. Every customs union, trade common market, economic union, customs […]

Vietnam Exempts Import Tax Under Australia, ASEAN, New Zealand Treaty


Jul. 1 – Vietnam will exempt as much as 90 percent of tax lines on goods imported from Australia, New Zealand and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members this year. By 2017, Vietnam will remove import tariffs on butter, milk and cheese. Import duties on car components will also be slashed to 5 percent […]

Hong Kong Signs Tax Treaties with Netherlands, Brunei


Mar. 29 – Hong Kong recently signed tax agreements with Brunei and the Netherlands for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion of income tax. The deals come at the urging of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has asked China’s Special Administrative Region to incorporate a more transparent […]

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