Associate Research Fellow Sarah Teo shares thoughts on recent tensions in the Korean Peninsula in an interview with the Voice of Russia

(3 April 2014)

Associate Research Fellow Sarah Teo speaks to Straits Times on the latest skirmish between North and South Korea

(1 April 2014)

Associate Professor Tan See Seng comments on Singapore's response to the Indonesian Navy's decision to name a new frigate KRI Usman Harun (Straits Times)

(10 February 2014)

Associate Professor Pradumna B Rana warns of remaining risks five years after the global financial crisis (Dawn.com)

(2 December 2013)

Associate Research Fellow Benjamin Ho speaks on how China's focus on Southeast Asia has gained further momentum with Obama's absence at the recent ASEAN summit (DPA)

(10 October 2013)

Associate Professor Tan See Seng shares his insights on Singapore's foreign policy towards China (Straits Times)

(2 October 2013)




New RSIS commentary uploaded

(15 April 2014)

Pradumna B Rana and Wai-Mun Chia, Economic Integration between South Asia and East Asia: A Perception Survey of Asian Opinion Leaders, RSIS Working Paper no. 272, April 2014

See Seng Tan, Book Review of Southeast Asia and the English School of International Relations: A Region-Theory Dialogue by Linda Quayle, Contemporary Southeast Asia, vol. 35, no. 3, 2013, pp. 447–449

Sarah Teo, South Korea's Defence Diplomacy in East Asia, RSIS Policy Brief, December 2013

Sarah Teo, Bhubhindar Singh and See Seng Tan, South Korea's Middle-Power Engagement Initiatives: Perspectives from Southeast Asia, RSIS Working Paper no. 265, November 2013

Theresa Robles and Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit (eds), Governance of East Asian Regional Economic Architectures, RSIS Policy Report, November 2013

Ralf Emmers, The US Rebalancing Strategy: Impact on the South China Sea, in "The South China Sea and Australia's Regional Security Environment", National Security College Occasional Paper no. 5, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, October 2013




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Officials of the 16 Asia Pacific nations comprising the membership of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are scheduled to hold the fourth round of talks in China later this month. When concluded, RCEP—
covering 49 per cent of the world’s population, 30 per cent of world gross domestic product (GDP) and 29 per cent of world trade—will be one of the largest pan-regional groupings within the multilateral trading system.

For the agreement to be a stepping-stone to broader regionwide liberalisation, as well as a worthy successor to the “open regionalism” philosophy of trade deepening that was championed by APEC a quarter-century ago, RCEP must stay true to its Guiding Principles and Objectives.

First, RCEP must strictly adhere to its intent to observe GATT Article XXIV and eliminate substantially all tariff and non-tariff barriers, without any major sector exclusion, in the area of goods trade. Equally in the area of services, GATS Article V (which has similar liberalisation requirements to GATT Article XXIV) should be respected.