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The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: Filling the Leadership Void?

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Dr Yeo Lay Hwee argued in her short op-ed for BRINK Asia that the European Union (EU) and Japan are taking steps to defend the rules-based international trading regime. Both have made significant concessions in fast tracking the conclusion and signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in order to send a strong signal that both the EU and Japan remain open to free trade. She concluded by calling on the EU to continue its proactive approach to defend the trading system by seeking out like-minded partners and to look into reviving the EU-ASEAN FTA negotiations. The article can be accessed here.

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