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  • Lucio Blanco Pitlo III, Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress

    Apr 29, 2021

    With the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) expected to take effect next year, China steps up building its first free trade port in Hainan. It shows how Beijing is preparing to capitalize and contribute to the success of the world’s largest free trade agreement (FTA).

  • Zhang Yun, Associate Professor, National Niigata University in Japan

    Apr 17, 2021

    China and the U.S. need to figure out intellectually what they are vying for. They do not have territorial disputes in the ordinary sense, nor are they in binary ideological opposition of the kind seen during the Cold War era.

  • Wu Zhenglong, Senior Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies

    Dec 15, 2020

    The country is confident that it will meet the emerging trade partnership’s high standards through reforms at home. But the U.S. and others may attempt to derail it through the “poison pill” clause of the USMCA.

  • Sajjad Ashraf, Former Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore

    Dec 08, 2020

    The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership consists of all the major and middle Pacific Rim powers, save for one - the U.S. The assertiveness Asian countries are showing is indicative of the ongoing gravity shift in economic and political clout.

  • Zhou Xiaoming, Former Deputy Permanent Representative of China’s Mission to the UN Office in Geneva

    Nov 30, 2020

    The recently signed RCEP is adaptable to the circumstances of its participants and is not “one size fits all.” It’s a major breakthrough in bringing together the 10 ASEAN members and five key players in the region.

  • Liu Junhong, Researcher, Chinese Institute of Contemporary Int'l Relations

    Nov 23, 2020

    The agreement marks the emergence of constructive rules for the entire East Asia region. The parties no longer look to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with its burdensome provisions, as a model template.

  • Brahma Chellaney, Professor, Center for Policy Research

    Feb 04, 2020

    The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership was set to become the world’s largest free trade agreement. But India’s withdrawal from it has thrown the negotiated trade bloc into imbalance and has underscored India’s qualms with China’s trade practices.

  • Zhang Monan, Senior Fellow, China Center for International Economic Exchanges

    Nov 20, 2019

    As the WTO-led multilateral trading system has weakened, free trade areas are driving the process of laying down international rules.

  • Chen Youjun, senior research fellow, Shanghai Institutes for Int'l Studies

    Mar 20, 2017

    While the Trump administration has announced withdrawal from TPP, in favor of bilateral economic cooperation and negotiation to protect US interests, it does not necessarily mean the US has given up its quest for dominancy in global trade rule-making. Meanwhile, other TPP signatories, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, are not willing to let the deal fall by the wayside. That means the spirit of TPP lives on even if the agreement itself does not.

  • Richard C. K. Burdekin, Jonathan B. Lovelace Professor of Economics, Claremont McKenna College

    Mar 10, 2017

    If you ignore the dragon, it will eat you. If you try to confront the dragon it will overpower you. If you ride the dragon, you will take advantage of its might and power.

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