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South Korean farmers hold signs reading “Block, the FTA between South Korea and China” during a rally opposing a free trade agreement with China in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 20, 2014 (AP photo by Lee Jin-man).
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China, South Korea Conclude FTA as Regional Deals Stall

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Earlier this month, China and South Korea reached a free trade agreement (FTA). In an email interview, Tony Nash, global vice president of Delta Economics, discussed the implications of the China-South Korea FTA. more


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Mongolia Shuffles PMs to Address Self-Inflicted Economic Crisis

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Last week Mongolia’s parliament appointed Chimed Saikhanbileg prime minister, two weeks after Norov Altankhuyag lost a no-confidence vote. In an email interview, Julian Dierkes, associate professor at the University of British Columbia, discussed Mongolian politics. more

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Vietnam’s Modernizing Navy Confronts China’s Sea Power

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As China attempts to assert maritime claims against Vietnam, Vietnam in turn has been expanding its navy and courting new allies, like India. In an email interview, Abhijit Singh, a research fellow at India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, discusses the Vietnamese navy's capabilities. more

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Railway Dispute Shows Weaknesses of China-Mexico Economic Ties

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Mexico’s recent decision to cancel a high-speed rail contract with China is the latest example of the unsettled relationship between two of the largest emerging economies. In an email interview, Matt Ferchen of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy discussed China’s ties with Mexico. more

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U.S. Reform Agenda in Myanmar on Shaky Ground

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Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Myanmar, where he will attend the East Asia Summit and the U.S.-ASEAN summit. The visit, two years after Obama’s first to the country, comes amid growing concerns over Rohingya minority rights and stalled constitutional reform. more