Since the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest multilateral trade deal in recent years, was agreed to last month, the response in Singapore has been muted. In an email interview, Deborah Elms, executive director of the Asian Trade Centre, discussed the TPP’s expected impact on Singapore’s economy.
Despite the pageantry of the meeting earlier this month between Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, and the leader of China, Xi Jinping, it changed little. But the fact that the gulf between China and Taiwan is as wide as ever should have everyone, Chinese policymakers especially, taking notice.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir earlier this month was the latest sign of how Kashmir has re-emerged as the most critical issue in India-Pakistan relations. While India takes a harder line, Pakistan has changed course, too, pursuing a campaign to again internationalize the long-running conflict.