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  • RENGO: 3 pre-requisites for trade agreements

    Nobuaki Koga, President of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (RENGO), highlights three prerequisites that are necessary conditions for the execution of trade agreements, such as the TPP.

  • Expect China's April trade to be subdued: RBS

    Louis Kuijs, Chief Economist, Greater China at RBS, says over-invoicing and massive stocking in imports could weigh on Thursday's April's trade numbers.

  • An Indian fruit vendor displays mangoes

    An E.U. ban on Indian mango imports is unlikely to dent Asia's third-largest economy, but it could create trade friction between the two economies.

  • China to see a 'temporary cyclical uptick': CIMB

    Jim McCafferty, Head of Research at CIMB Securities, says a recovery in the U.S. and Europe may see a recovery in Chinese exports.

  • In this handout provided by Malacanang Photo Bureau', US president Barack Obama shakes hands with Philippine President Benigno Aquino at the presidential palace on April 28, 2014 in Manila, Philippines.

    The Philippines could be next in line to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to the country's Secretary of Trade & Industry.

  • TPP will benefit us: Philippines Secretary of Trade

    Gregory Domingo, Philippines Secretary of Trade and Industry, explains the trade developments that happened during President Obama's visit.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama, second from left, and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, right, attend a meeting at the State Guest Houses in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

    An agreement with Japan on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was easily the most important item on President Obama's East Asia tour.

  • Taro Kono: 'TPP is necessary for Japan'

    Taro Kono, Member of the House of Representatives in Japan's Parliament, says the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) stands behind Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in pushing for the TPP trade deal.

  • Asia integration still has long way to go: SOcGen

    Klaus Baader, Chief Economist, Asia Pacific at Societe Generale, explains the benefits of deeper integration for Asia and how the TPP deal could facilitate trade relations in the region.

  • Obama tours Asia: What to expect

    Martin Schulz, senior economist at Fujitsu Research Institute, says the U.S. and Japan need to strengthen their economic relations and that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be the main issue of this visit.

  • Will military overtake trade in Obama's Tokyo visit?

    Michael Auslin, Resident Scholar and Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses whether Japan's military push will eclipse the trade agenda during Obama's visit.

  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama (R) attend the opening session of the at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on March 24, 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Ahead of Obama's visit to Japan this week, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker told CNBC he wasn't optimistic that any progress would be made on the TPP.

  • Obama's Asia visit is symbolic: Senator

    Roger Wicker, U.S. Republican Senator, explains why he's not optimistic that President Obama will make any progress on trade talks during his visit to Asia this week.

  • Weak yen failed to boost exports: Economist

    Richard Jerram, Chief Economist at the Bank of Singapore, explains the factors that led Japan to post a disappointing 1.8 percent annual rise in March exports.

  • Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari

    U.S.-Japan talks aimed at a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact are in stalemate, Japan's economy minister said.

  • Is China already on the rebound?

    Raymond Yeung, senior economist for Greater China at ANZ, says that all recent data seem to indicate that an earlier-than-expected rebound is underway in China.

  • WTO raises world trade forecast: Director General

    The outlook for world trade in 2014 and 2015 is "brighter, but not as bright" as the WTO would have hoped, says, Roberto Azevedo, WTO director general.

  • We need to build a more resilient economy: UK Fin Min

    U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, says the country needs to invest and export more in order to build a more resilient economy.

  • The UK needs to invest and reverse its declining exports if its recovery is to be more sustainable, the country's Treasury chief told CNBC.

  • China will not see further stimulus: UBS

    Paul Donovan, Global Economist, Managing Director at UBS, explains why he's not disturbed by China's March trade report.