While RCEP is useful and highlights the benefits of lower trade restrictions, it is not a major breakthrough.
The new president’s advantage, according to Mumbai-born journalist and author Salil Tripathi, is his experience and maturity.
A rethinking of development strategy and planning beyond the traditional economic- and city-centric world is essential, especially in the Global South.
APEC should lay out a strategic framework that sets a positive direction for reform and growth for the region and gives businesses the confidence to plan for the future.
While the longest-serving Japanese leader will rank high among the more memorable and effective of his predecessors, he tended to be more popular abroad than at home.
A stable relationship with China may serve the UK well, as its educational institutions could capitalize on a shift of Chinese students away from Australia.
Europe might have done better to conduct a more informal, consultative approach involving all stakeholders instead of a unilateral ban on palm oil imports.
As Covid-19 grips the world, the Filipino workforce looks increasingly vulnerable, despite strong growth in recent years.
Vietnam will have to improve in a number of areas – including sustainability and infrastructure – to maintain any kind of post-pandemic economic momentum.
Tehran and Beijing must tread carefully, given the numerous overlapping spheres of interest in a volatile area of the world, US pressure and the impact of Covid-19.
Asian leaders should prioritize climate initiatives before environmental distress raises the costs of action and the prospects of political and economic crises.