Tag: Asia

Asia EU FTAs & bilateral ties Vietnam

Comment: Why the planned European free trade deal with Vietnam will not likely see light so soon

[sh_light_text ]Hopes a planned EU-Vietnam free trade deal would be clinched at the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) this week in Italy were dashed when both sides announced they were hoping to conclude the deal “in the next few months”. Despite Hanoi’s and Brussels’ declared optimism, an early conclusion of the talks is …

Asia Investment

EU-China investment treaty talks may face bumpy road

[sh_light_text ]The EU and China are discussing their planned bilateral investment treaty on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Italy this week. Both want to conclude an agreement that mutually opens markets and better protects investors’ rights. But negotiations will likely be protracted and Beijing does not appear to prioritise this deal with Brussels, Jennifer Freedman …