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Regional Trade Agreements in Asia Replies

RegionalTrade Agreements in Asia Replies

RegionalTrade Agreements in Asia Replies

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Iagree with this post on a number of points in relation to the way theAsian RTA’s differ from others. The writer points out four ways inwhich the Asian RTA’s differ. These include the fact that they areless institutionalized, tend to adopt policies other than makingdecisions regarding the reduction of trade barriers, they are not asvisible as the monetary cooperation, and disagree on what they shouldbecome in the impending days. It is evident from the post and otherexternal authors that while the disagreements should be founded onthe regulations that guide the RTA’s, they are majorly based onwhich nations need to be permitted to join the trade agreement. Forinstance, writing for The Diplomat, Parameswaran (2016) argues thatas ASEAN nears its 50th-anniversary commemoration, one of thepressing matters that it faces regards the decision to admit a newmember, Timor-Leste. Following its independence in the year 2002 andexpression of interest to join ASEAN, the trading block agreed withinitial caution from member countries on this request. While therewere numerous concerns regarding the admission of Timor-Leste intothe block, the dominant one was that its capacity was limited andcould further complicate the community-building efforts of ASEAN(Parameswaran, 2016). These disagreements have a similarity with theChristians as portrayed by different denominations across the globe.I agree with the writer that while all Christians regard the Bible astheir guiding book and law, most denominations differ on the meaningof several practices outlined in this book. These may range frombaptism to the configuration as well as the last supper. Forinstance, the Protestant Christian regards infant baptism as invalidwhile the Catholics believe it is significant in one’s life(Brittany, 2015). The strengths of this post are that it is wellevidenced and every instance is supported with an example. However,the post may require additional information to support the claim thatChristian denominations disagree on what they believe.

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Whilethis post tackled the same questions similar to those of the firstwriter, the responses are presented in different ways. The writeroptioned to use direct quotes in his responses, which may be aweakness given that they require evidence from the original author.However, I agree with most of his sentiments with regard to the waythe Asian RTA’s differ from others. The writer points out thatthese differences range from the Asian RTA’s being less formalized,usually following the economic integration other than leading it,exhibiting open monetary cooperation instead of trade cooperation,and are never united in their vision. Using the examples of SAARC andSAFTA, the writer suggests that these trading blocs cannot agree onwho to admit as a member owing to the conflicting vision. I agreewith the writer on most of his sentiments given that Amita Batra(2012) alludes to this in his book. In her text entitled, “RegionalEconomic Integration in South Asia,” Batra (2012) writes that theSAARC summits in the year 1992 and the year 2005 were disruptedbecause of the poor relations between Bangladesh and India. Withregard to the biblical discussion, I agree with the writer on thechoice to use drinking of alcohol as a point of contention amongdenominations. However, the subject may not have satisfactoryevidence from the bible given that every denomination interprets thesame verse differently. The story of Jesus turning water into wine ata wedding ceremony may mean different things for different faiths(Miller, 2014).

References

Batra,A. (2012). Regionaleconomic integration in South Asia: Trapped in conflict?.New York: Routledge.Brittany,B. (2015). InfantBaptism or Believer’s Baptism: Which is Correct?.Retrieved fromhttp://equippinggodlywomen.com/faith/infant-baptism-or-believers-baptism-which-is-correct/Miller,W. (2014). Thebeer drinker`s guide to God: The whole and holy truth about lager,loving, and living.New York: Simon and Schuster. Parameswaran,P. (2016). WhenWill Timor-Leste Join ASEAN?.Retrieved fromhttp://thediplomat.com/2016/10/when-will-timor-leste-join-asean/