New EU-Japan economic, strategic partnership may work better than past efforts

By Bastian Harth In 2001, the European Union and Japan announced an ambitious plan to promote political, security, and trade/economic collaboration in a Joint Action Plan for Cooperation. It accomplished little. The European Commission repeatedly stated its disappointment, acknowledging that the plan lacked focus and covered too many policy areas without providing adequate instruments. Now, … Continue reading New EU-Japan economic, strategic partnership may work better than past efforts

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Japanese investment on the rise in Turkey

By Altay Atli Manisa, a vibrant industrial town in Turkey’s Western Anatolia region, has had a lot of visitors from Japan recently. On February 8, the Japanese multinational electronics and electrical-equipment manufacturer Mitsubishi inaugurated a new air-conditioner factory on the outskirts of the city, which came with an investment of US$100 million. Only a few … Continue reading Japanese investment on the rise in Turkey

A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?

Ex-top brass appeal to new King Vajiralongkorn to bless building the long-envisioned Kra canal; China is keen to start digging General Saiyud Kerdphol, the military engineer of Thailand’s winning Cold War-era anticommunism campaign, believes now is the time to build the Kra canal – a long-envisioned channel through the country’s southern isthmus that would connect … Continue reading A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?

High hopes among Scandinavian backers of ‘Ice-Silk Road’ west

Report submitted on vital 'Arctic railroad' link that could be part of a 'maritime silk route in the north' By Doug Tsuruoka Editor at Large Supporters of an ambitious plan to build a railway between Rovaniemi in Finland and Kirkenes in Norway that would serve as an Arctic gateway for China’s Belt and Road project … Continue reading High hopes among Scandinavian backers of ‘Ice-Silk Road’ west

Australia wins big under revised TPP deal

By Giovanni Di Lieto   The revived trade agreement now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has finally made it across the finish line. It’s a considerable win for Australian farmers and service providers, in a trading area worth about A$90 billion (US$72 billion). The 11 remaining countries from the … Continue reading Australia wins big under revised TPP deal