• 01
    Feb
    2017

    Sophisticated and geographically dispersed global value chains have emerged as an important feature of Asia’s economic success, particularly in East Asia. This brief analyzes the export slowdown in real terms and in relation to real GDP growth for developing Asia and for major economies, focusing on the period since the crisis.

  • 30
    Jan
    2017

    ADB Principal Economist and ARIC Team Leader Jong Woo Kang discusses the possible repercussions of the US President's protectionist stance. Read the blog here.

  • 25
    Jan
    2017

    Asian FTAs continue to rise against the backdrop of growing trade protectionism. Three FTAs involving Asia came into force in 2016 while another three recently concluded negotiations. Numerous FTAs involving Asian economies and non-regional partners are currently being proposed suggesting Asia’s move to expand trade outside the region and explore new export markets.

  • 16
    Jan
    2017

    On the back of Emerging East Asia’s sustained high economic growth and deepening regional economic integration, hypothesis on the region’s macroeconomic independence and its resilience to global shocks gained considerable attention. This paper, written by Cyn-Young Park, Director of ADB Research Cooperation and Integration Division, examines Asia’s decoupling from the world economy, with a special focus on the region’s interdependence with the G3 economies—the US, Japan, and the EU.

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Publications

December 2016
Examines current trends in trade and global value chain; financial integration; movement of people; and subregional cooperation and initiatives, with a special chapter on the role of FDI in Asia and the Pacific.
December 2015
Examines current trends in trade, finance, migration, remittances and other economic activities in the region, with a special chapter on the role of special economic zones.
November 2014
This semiannual series combines regional economic and financial monitoring, and an assessment of developments in regional cooperation and integration.
1992–2016

ARIC Blog

The resurgence of bilateralism and Asia’s evolving FTA landscape
15
Feb
2017

The resurgence of bilateralism and Asia’s evolving FTA landscape

Dorothea Ramizo

Against the backdrop of rising bilateralism in the West, where does Asia stand? Is the region moving towards the same direction or is it charting its own unique course? Understanding the evolution of Asia’s FTA landscape holds the key to these questions.

What type of protectionism should we fear?
30
Jan
2017

What type of protectionism should we fear?

Jong Woo Kang

US President Donald Trump recently signed executive orders to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both moves suggest his pre-election rhetoric of criticizing the current international trade regime is being translated into concrete action.

What did we learn from the US election on globalization, trade?
14
Nov
2016

What did we learn from the US election on globalization, trade?

Jong Woo Kang

The outcome of the US presidential election on 9 November was historic in that it provides a yardstick against which to assess where popular sentiment is heading on important issues such as globalization, inequality, and international trade.