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Asia Pathways is a blog of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). ADBI welcomes contributions to Asia Pathways. Information on how to contribute to the blog is available at our guidelines for authors.

Located in Tokyo, Japan, ADBI is the think tank of the Asian Development Bank. Its mission is to identify effective development strategies and improve development management in ADB's developing members countries. ADBI has an extensive network of partners in the Asia and Pacific region and beyond. ADBI's activities are guided by its three strategic priority themes of inclusive and sustainable growth, regional cooperation and integration, and governance for policies and institutions.

Where Should The Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Go Next?

Date: 26 December 2013

The TPP is not just another free trade agreement. In all, there are nearly 30 chapters of trade topics with many areas that go beyond existing commitments in global or regional settings. Such a complex agreement cannot be managed by overworked officials using the normal committee and review structures built into other FTAs.

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Why Asia-Pacific Holds The Key To Global Free Trade

Date: 13 December 2013

Rather than trying to create an all-encompassing global free trade agreement at one go, some economists have argued in the past that overlapping multilateral FTAs could provide a quicker path to a global accord. In that scenario, the Asia-Pacific region may hold the future of global free trade in its hands.

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BRICS: The World’s New Benefactors?

Date: 28 October 2013

The BRICS are emerging as one of the world’s largest providers of foreign aid. Yet, the BRICS countries do not regard themselves as “donors” – choosing to work with “development partners”, rather than “aid recipients”. This has both positive and negatives implications for the “development partners.”

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China’s Quest To Integrate With Southeast Asia: A Win-Win Relationship?

Date: 17 October 2013

China has been rapidly expanding its efforts to connect politically and economically with Southeast Asia – particularly in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). While China is benefiting more their relationship with the GMS at the moment, the GMS will be able to achieve greater sustainable development as long as they are more strategic and selective in dealing with their big neighbour in the north.

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Lessons From Japan: Why Economies Take Longer To Recover From Banking Crises

Date: 19 September 2013

Since the 2008 financial crisis, economic recovery in the U.S. and Europe has been slow – sparking fears of long-term stagnation. Significantly, the experience of Japan in the 1990s have shown how even developed economies, which most would assume have significant policy tools to tackle any banking crisis, can struggle to avoid a prolonged recession.

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