AP Initiative Chairman Yoichi Funabashi wrote an op-ed, “In America’s absence, Japan takes the lead on Asian free trade” for The Washington Post, published on February 22, 2018.
In this article, Dr. Funabashi analyzes the significance of Japanese leadership on TPP 11. He depicts how a new regional order in the form of pan-Asianism is emerging. He takes a wider look at Japan’s free trade strategy which departs from the postwar status quo and does not include the United States, yet at the same time highlights the indispensable need for the economic involvement of the United States in the Asia Pacific region.
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