Southeast Asia's biggest economy is eyeing to join the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, already signed by a dozen countries, including Australia.
The leading Republican candidate may seem out of step with his party's platform when he lambasts free trade, but in fact the GOP has promoted protectionism for most of its history.
Countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership signed the deal earlier this month, but changes can still be made to improve the mechanism that allows investors to sue states.
The upcoming TTIP trade agreement could force EU to liberalise GM regulations such as labelling.
Malcolm Turnbull has directly lobbied United States legislators to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
While the TPP has come under attack for its environmental credentials, this controversial new trade deal offers hope in the fight against overfishing.
The full text of the TPP trade deal is now public and offers some worrying lessons for how TTIP could turn out.
The multilateral system is under challenge from a surge of bilateral and regional trade deals.
TPP negotiations have been covered in secrecy, and now as details have been released it only shows a wider democratic deficiency.
The US and China may have competing ambitions for the Asia-Pacific in the shape of the TPP and AIIB, but they may not be as incompatible as we have first believed.
Some say the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was designed specifically to exclude or even encircle China. So do its leaders mind being on the outs?
Why has the United States, the great engine of democratisation, advanced a pact that is silent on a defining theme of its foreign policy?
Copyright lasts the life of the author plus 70 years before it enters the public domain. But the author and their family are often not the beneficiary. Perhaps it's time for shrink that term.
Japan's decision to lower or eliminate tariffs on rice, pork and beef may end up giving the prime minister a headache as he tries to get the trade accord through Parliament.
The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership belies the fact that the US's share of trade in the region has been declining for some time.
If the Trans-Pacific Partnership was really about economic growth, it would include China, rather than deliberately locking it out.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership may not be a done deal, but Australia cannot avoid the realities of the cut-throat business of international capital, trade and investment.
Trade minister Andrew Robb must now "sell" the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership - he could do worse than to concentrate on how our services sector will gain.
There's still some way to go before the 12 countries involved can celebrate.
Before the last round of negotiations, only a handful of issues remained in the way of concluding the TPP. A potential deal-breaker for Australia was intellectual property protections for biologics.