The Future of Asia 2014
TOKYO -- Countries in the Asia-Pacific region need to regard 2014 as the critical year for finalizing talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, said Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Tokyo on Thursday. Lee said Asia faces two future scenarios -- one good and one bad -- and that key factors in determining which path the region will follow include the U.S.-China relationship and the rise of nationalism.
TOKYO -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak emphasized his commitment to realizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership "on terms acceptable to us," in a speech delivered in Tokyo on Thursday.
TOKYO -- Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on Thursday criticized China for its actions in seas around his country.
TOKYO -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad says his country needs some protections as it integrates into the global economy.
TOKYO -- Asia needs stability, or at least the perception of stability, to continue its growth, Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said Thursday in Tokyo. He stressed his belief that shared growth throughout East Asia will ensure sustainable development in advanced but aging countries like Japan.
TOKYO -- Mahendra Siregar, chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, said his country's economy is "very much open" for international investment but warned that this must be done with sustainable development as the priority.
TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to reinterpret the nation's constitution to allow for self-defense will have far-reaching and complicated implications for regional security, participants at a panel discussion at the 20th International Conference on the Future of Asia said Thursday.

Abe to take TPP to 'new dimension'

Thursday, May 22, 2014
TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Thursday to renew efforts to realize the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, saying it was Japan's responsibility to create a deep, wide and dynamic market. "I want to push the TPP to a new dimension. The time has come to take a big step forward," he said.
TOKYO -- The managing director of the World Bank said the future global economy will be dominated by the rise of developing countries, if the actions of today are carried out correctly.
TOKYO -- Myanmar will step up crucial reforms, including boosting efforts to attract investment and create jobs as well as deepening its nascent democracy, according to U Soe Thane, the country's key economic minister.
TOKYO -- A panel of Asian entrepreneurs expressed cautious relief Friday about the Thai military coup, saying political stability is fundamental for business.
TOKYO -- Tim Groser, New Zealand's minister of trade, said Friday he is excited about the economic benefits the world will receive from a raft of potential free-trade agreements in the works, especially the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
TOKYO -- Le Luong Minh, the secretary general of Asean, said Friday that events unfolding in Thailand are likely to have an impact on regional integration.
Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.