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

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China charges Australia’s lithium boom

Australia enjoys new mining growth with rising demand for the light metal used in many 'next generation' technologies By Lachlan Colquhoun   Australia is on the cusp of a new commodities boom as a lithium exporter, and Chinese investors are well ahead in the race to secure their supply. As the critical ingredient in next … Continue reading China charges Australia’s lithium boom

Australia’s hard choice between China and US

Canberra has always deftly balanced between Beijing and Washington but it may soon need to choose one over the other By Lachlan Colquhoun   Australia has always believed that it doesn’t have to choose between its economic relationship with China and its defense alliance with the United States. But 2018 is already shaping up to … Continue reading Australia’s hard choice between China and US

China dangles trade threat over Australia

Rising bilateral spat over politics and security could soon hit thriving trade relations By Alan Boyd   Australia could pay a steep economic price for its pro-American stance over militarization of the South China Sea if China decides to elevate its most recent diplomatic outburst into punitive trade retaliation. The Global Times newspaper, a mouthpiece … Continue reading China dangles trade threat over Australia

Can Asia-Pacific multi-lateral trade survive without the US?

By Giovanni Di Lieto The renewed attempt by Japan, Australia, and New Zealand to activate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the United States is poised to fail and bring down other mega trade deals in the Asia-Pacific region. As the so-called TPP-11 countries meet in Tokyo for the third time after the US withdrawal early … Continue reading Can Asia-Pacific multi-lateral trade survive without the US?