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Prime Minister Morrison and Trade Minister Birmingham sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement in November 2020, Canberra. Lukas Coch/AAP

How a new trade deal could make it harder to improve life for Australians in aged care

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement prevents signatories from tightening regulations, except in specified sectors — and aged care hasn’t been named as one of those exceptions.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in August 2018. Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Kenya-US free trade talks are under way: what Nairobi must get right from start

Kenya must pay more attention to the role of this agreement as an investment attraction vehicle and not just a simple tariff centred ‘traditional’ pact.
President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping may be at a stalemate. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Will Trump’s trade war with China ever end?

Trump’s endgame for the US-China trade war still seems elusive as the conflict continues to escalate.
Is there still room for the U.S.? AP Photo/Esteban Felix

What is the TPP and can the US get back in?

Trump, who withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership when he became president, briefly appeared to consider joining the trade accord again.
US President Donald Trump signs an executive order on the country’s withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Can the Trans Pacific Partnership survive after Trump?

The agreement could be as good as dead, if, instead of pushing ahead without the US, its members decide to explore bilateral trade agreements with the country.

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