US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok. Photo: AFP

US Commerce Secretary pledges ‘deep commitment’ to Asia as Trump invites leaders for summit

  • Wilbur Ross said the record US$2 trillion in trade between the US and Indo-Pacific, and Washington’s investments outranking China’s were signs of how much it values the region
  • Trump’s national security adviser invited Asean leaders for a summit with the US President in the first quarter of next year
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US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok. Photo: AFP
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Thai policemen outside the venue for the 35th Asean Summit in Nonthaburi province. Photo: EPA

16 Asian countries close in on mammoth trade agreement at Asean summit, but will India be in?

  • Fears mount that New Delhi could be spurned from regional pact after its negotiators issue fresh set of demands amid domestic pressure to protect local industries
  • Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership would create a free-trade zone producing 39 per cent of total global output
Topic |   Asean

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Thai policemen outside the venue for the 35th Asean Summit in Nonthaburi province. Photo: EPA
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