While US president Donald Trump touts unilateral import tariffs, his neighbors Canada and Mexico and nine other Pacific Rim nations are lowering trade barriers. They've signed a revamped multilateral free trade agreement.
After more than nine years of talks, Australia and Indonesia have signed a free trade agreement. The deal had been delayed after Australia signaled its support for Israel, sparking outcry from Muslim-majority Indonesia.
Africa is trading - just not within the continent. The African Union wants to change this and launch the world's largest free trade area. The plan has potential, but some member states are keeping the AU in suspense.
The free trade deal is the EU's first with a member of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The European Parliament's approval will clear the path for the deal to come into force as early as this year.
Malaysia has said it would boycott EU goods, if the bloc goes ahead with its plan to restrict palm oil. Could the ongoing spat with Kuala Lumpur derail the European Union's free trade ambitions in southeast Asia?
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