Negotiating Asia-Pacific Prosperity: A View on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Negotiating Asia-Pacific Prosperity: A View on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

February AsiaConnect teleconference briefing
Chan Heng Chee at a recent Financial Times "Meet the Editor" reception in Washington, DC. (Financial Times)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are aimed at reaching an agreement to decrease trade barriers among 12 countries from around the Pacific Rim — bringing together economies that account for 40 percent of global output. The TPP is also widely considered the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s Asia-Pacific economic policy and a key component of the rebalancing to Asia. However, differences among the 12 countries remain unresolved — and even if the negotiators can work them out, it is likely that policymakers in many of the 12 countries' capitals will later challenge the agreement.

For the next edition of the Asia Society Policy Institute's (ASPI) AsiaConnect teleconference series, Ambassador Chan Heng Chee will discuss her views on the progress and challenges for the TPP. In the wake of the scheduled February 22-25 Ministerial on TPP in Singapore, Ambassador Chan will share her current observations and reflect on lessons learned in securing the 2003 U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

Chan Heng Chee is currently Chairperson of Singapore’s National Arts Council and a Singaporean Ambassador-at-Large. She serves concurrently as Singapore's Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. She is also Chairman of the Lee Kwan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Previously, she was the second-longest serving Ambassador to the United States (1996-2012) and held posts as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, High Commissioner to Canada, and Ambassador to Mexico. Ambassador Chan is a member of the Advisory Council of the Asia Society Policy Institute and a Trustee of the Asia Society, as well as the 2012 recipient of the Society's inaugural Diplomatic Achievement Award.

ASPI's AsiaConnect is a monthly telephone briefing series on pressing issues in Asia and U.S.-Asia relations made possible through the generous support of Asia Society Trustee Mitch Julis. Click here for more information on AsiaConnect.

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Event Details

26 February 2014
9:30am - 10:15am