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Free Trade Agreements in Comparison

by Damien Tomkins
Since 2002, spurred into action partly as a reaction to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, partly as a response to stalled WTO talks, and partly as a result of other countries embrace of Free Trade Agreements (FTA), Japan has engaged in bilateral Preferential Trade Agreements with at least...
The Japan Matters for America / America Matters for Japan project was officially launched in Tokyo on November 4 at a public seminar co-hosted by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the East-West Center. The seminar, entitled, “Cooperation or Interdependence: An Overview of US-Japan...

Clinton: “Renewed American leadership in Asia”

by Aaron Siirila
US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton called ASEAN a “fulcrum for the region’s emerging regional architecture” and declared US intentions to “sustain and strengthen America’s leadership in the Asia-Pacific region” in a speech co-hosted by the East-West Center on October...
ASEAN’s manufacturing exports have grown in recent years, due to increased productivity, proximity to large Asian markets, and recently implemented free trade agreements, according to a US International Trade Commission report issued in August. But challenges remain for future growth,...

U.S. Exports to Asia Surpass those to Europe for first time ever

by Aaron Siirila
For the first time ever, Asia has surpassed the European Union as an American export destination, according to the Wall Street Journal blog, Real Time Economics. The story, “Sign of the Times: Emerging Asia Surpasses EU as U.S. Export Destination” by Kelly Evans, cites a Moody’s...

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