Trade

The Quad needs a stronger economic message
The Quad needs a stronger economic message
The Quad has declared itself “a force for good”. At a summit in Tokyo in May, the leaders of Japan, the United States, Australia and India pledged to bring tangible benefits to…
Economic diplomacy: No free lunches for national security
Economic diplomacy: No free lunches for national security
Phones or thrones Here’s an interesting context for considering whether the Australian government struck the right balance in development aid last year by spending more money…
Economic diplomacy: The Pacific reset needs real commercial investment
Economic diplomacy: The Pacific reset needs real commercial investment
Betting on bula Pacific relations may have been an expected conflict zone at the last federal election but once in office the new Albanese government has doubled down on a big…
Economic diplomacy: The Pacific beats ASEAN for nervous investors
Economic diplomacy: The Pacific beats ASEAN for nervous investors
Sticky money As the new Labor government oscillates between promoting investment in Southeast Asia to deepen security ties and trying to keep the Pacific family together in the…
Economic diplomacy: New supply chains to Jakarta and beyond
Economic diplomacy: New supply chains to Jakarta and beyond
Sixth time lucky Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made a textbook start to re-engagement with Indonesia taking a substantial delegation of ministers and businesspeople on his…
Economic diplomacy: New Labor ministers are facing up to old issues
Economic diplomacy: New Labor ministers are facing up to old issues
Made in Australia When incoming Prime Minister Fumio Kishida wanted to regenerate a tired Japanese government last year, he appointed an economic security minister to chart an…
Japan-Australia: building a hydrogen supply chain
Japan-Australia: building a hydrogen supply chain
Of the many issues canvassed at the Quad leaders’ meeting in Tokyo last week, the four partners stressed the importance of common energy supply chains. The leaders agreed in…
Where to for trade policy?
Where to for trade policy?
With the signing of an interim “free trade” deal with India, and an agreement with the European Union nearing the final stages, Australia has moved closer to the previous…
A flash in the pan? Indonesia’s palm oil export ban
A flash in the pan? Indonesia’s palm oil export ban
The global vegetable oils industry was stunned after Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo announced late last month that his country, the world’s largest producer of palm oil, would…
Economic diplomacy: Trade shifts challenge a new government
Economic diplomacy: Trade shifts challenge a new government
Make or break Trade matters haven’t made much of an impact in Australia’s election campaign, not surprisingly overshadowed by Solomon Islands in the foreign affairs debate and…