ASIA-PACIFIC COUNTRIES FORM WORLD’S LARGEST TRADING BLOC

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On 15 November, 15 Asia-Pacific countries formed the world’s largest free-trade bloc, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The agreement includes the 10 nations that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. The agreement excludes the United States, as tensions between China…

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ASIA-PACIFIC ARMS RACE TAKES OMINOUS TURN

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By Alex Pollock Rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific region account for what is being called a game-changer in the way two countries [Australia and Japan] think about protecting themselves from China’s rapid military expansion. China’s rapid build-up of bases, naval forces, and long-range air force in the South China Sea and beyond has unnerved its…

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