Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries, including China, Japan, Australia and Singapore, on Sunday signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
The United States said on Wednesday it would require senior Chinese diplomats to get State Department approval before visiting U.S. university campuses or holding cultural events with more than 50 people outside mission grounds.
Ken Wong of Eastspring Investments says Southeast Asian markets look interesting in the mid-to-long term given their low valuations and low expectations right now.
Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank says the political risks facing Thailand will compound the difficulties facing the tourism-reliant economy in a pandemic year. He warns that the Bank of Thailand's hands are tied to some extent in tackling the "very, very great challenges" facing the economy.
A "complete redistribution" of supply chains after the pandemic could benefit Southeast Asian economies, says Chris Humphrey of the EU-ASEAN Business Council. However, he warns that stalling integration would hold the region back, and urges progress on RCEP and a trade deal with Europe.
Jian Chang of Barclays Asia Pacific says medical supplies are a key factor driving the increase in China's export numbers. Jian Chang also explores the worsening U.S.-China relationship in recent weeks amid the coronavirus crisis, with the trade agreement being a key focal point.
The Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asian countries and supports the livelihood of nearly 200 million people there who depend largely on farming and fishing.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) requires greater regional coordination to contain the coronavirus crisis, and particularly at cross-border points, says Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He says that actions like increased testing for infected cases and managing health care supply chains are "critical things to do at the ASEAN level."
Andrew Holland of Avendus Capital Public Markets Alternate Strategies weighs in on India opting out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He says India may have missed an opportunity in the "very short term."
Alexander Feldman of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council discusses the impact of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He says "any free trade is good trade."
Darell Leiking, Malaysia's trade minister, discusses the progress of RCEP negotiations. He also says Malaysia and India "need each other," amid a dispute that has affected palm oil trade.
Mari Pangestu of the University of Indonesia says Southeast Asia should take a leadership role and "show the way" by continuing to open up amid the U.S.-China trade war.
Everybody needs the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership to be concluded by this year, says Enggartiasto Lukita, Indonesia's trade minister. He also says he believes that all 16 countries will be on board with the trade agreement.
Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said all 16 countries negotiating a mega Asia-Pacific trade agreement should remain in the framework.
Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's prime minister, says he would "prefer" signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership without India, Australia and New Zealand "for the time being."
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's seeming refusal to commit to a clear timeline to step down raised concerns about the stability of his government.
India's reluctance to open up its markets has been a sticking point as Asia Pacific countries negotiate the RCEP mega trade pact.
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Malcolm Cook of ISEAS says RCEP is not looking "hopeful," but there could be new trade negotiations in 2019 with "ASEAN Plus 3," which includes China, Japan and South Korea, but not Australia, New Zealand and India.