Steven CM Wong
Senior Director, ISIS Malaysia
LOGIC: The more extensive and deeper an agreement is, the more likely it is to be the de facto standard
How does the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now being negotiated among 12 Asia-Pacific countries, including four from Asean, impact the latter's Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)?
It is easy to claim, as some have done, that both are building blocks towards freer trade. But are they really? This claim is further doubtful if the two blocks are of different size, weight and degree of ambition.