Philippines, like New Zealand, rejects Burma in trade agreement


Manila, Philippines-The Philippines refuses to include Burma (also known as Myanmar) in the world’s largest free trade agreement as an international opposition to the military takeover that has caused violence and democratic setbacks in Southeast Asian countries. Followed New Zealand’s decision. Trade and diplomatic sanctions.

Foreign Minister Theodoro Lopecin, Jr., at a meeting held Thursday in Cambodia, told the counterparts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that the Philippines referred to important documents detaining the country to 15, Burma’s Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He said he would not accept the “means of approval” of. -National Free Trade Agreement that came into effect on January 1.

In Roxin’s speech to a Manila journalist on Friday, he does not quote the reason for the Filipino decision and is ready to make concessions if its stance interferes with the collective position of the 10-country regional block. He added that. Burma.

Will China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, as well as other RCEP-based countries, including all 10 ASEAN member states, block Burma inclusion and eventually keep it out of the large trade bloc? It’s not immediately clear.

Burmese troops were an acquisition that robbed Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government on February 1, 2021 and caused massive street protests and civil disobedience. According to the Political Prisoner Support Association, about 1,500 civilians were killed by security forces. 76-year-old Suu Kyi remains detained by other exiled officials and faces numerous accusations that human rights groups are unfounded.

This week, two Asian diplomats told the Associated Press that New Zealand is opposed to a military-led government and therefore refuses to allow documents to allow Burma to join the trade bloc to other RCEP countries. He said he had notified.

New Zealand swiftly opposes the takeover, suspends all military and high-level political contact with Burma, immediately releases all political leaders to military leaders, and restores civilian control. It was one of the Western countries that asked for it. It also imposed a travel ban on Burmese generals.

Locsin is one of the region’s most vocal figures calling for dialogue to resolve the year-long crisis in Burma, with ASEAN envoys visiting a crisis-stricken country next month between conflicting groups. Welcomed the plan to start the discussion.

“The dialogue needs to include everything, not just some, especially President Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint,” Roksin told fellow ministers. “It should be a real dialogue, not an act of ventriloquism.”

The actions taken by New Zealand and the Philippines underscore the expanding fallout from the Burmese crisis into the realm of economics and diplomacy.

ASEAN has become increasingly dissatisfied with Burma’s failure to meet last year’s five-step agreement, including refusing to allow Brock’s envoy to initiate dialogue with Suu Kyi and other detained leaders. ing. The regional block refused to allow Burma’s military-led government and has banned military-appointed diplomats from attending meetings since last year.

The RCEP initially included about 3.6 billion people, including about one-third of world trade and world GDP. India dropped out before the deal was signed in November, but still covers more than 2 billion people, accounting for nearly one-third of the world’s total trade and business activities.

The transaction will reduce tariffs on thousands of products, streamline trade procedures and bring mutual benefits to Member States. Experts expect the agreement to increase trade within the region by 2%, or $ 42 billion, and participating countries hope that this initiative will help accelerate the recovery from the pandemic.

Jim Gomez

Associated Press

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