The German foreign minister is on a charm-offensive through Southeast Asia. Guido Westerwelle is seeking to strengthen ties with the world's fourth leading financial centre.
The US president has expressed confidence that the 12-nation free trade pact would be ratified in 2016. But he lacks major support among his party's ranks, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is in China to bolster political and economic relations with her country's giant northern neighbor. Analyst Robert Taylor talks to DW about the significance of the visit.
It is still unclear how the UK will split from the European Union. But the Brexit vote is already a setback for advocates of free trade. This could affect millions of people in the world's poorest countries, say experts.
Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, has joined the WTO. The country hopes greater access to global markets will lay the foundation for economic growth, but instability still poses major problems.
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