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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (ASEAN+6)

Asean, 6 trading partners eyeing more tariff cuts under new Asia-Pacific FTA
Asean and its six free trade agreement partners are eyeing more tariff cuts under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with duties on vehicles possibly to be a "hot topic" in the negotiations, Philippine Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo said yesterday.
RCEP is not a bloc to compete with TPP, says Mustapa
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is not a bloc to compete with the ongoing negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said today.
The rush toward Asia-Pacific FTAs
Following the recent launch of free trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union, there are now three mega-trade-and-investment liberalization blocs being shaped in various parts of the world.
India becomes part of regional trading bloc despite Chinese opposition
India overcame resistance from China to become a part of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, an Asean + 6 grouping which is set to emerge as one of the most significant free trading blocs in the world, government sources confirmed.
Will Asia’s largest FTA make a difference?
Unless there is enough political will to close potential loopholes disguised as “flexibility” and pursue reforms deeper than those ever before attempted, RCEP may be seen as serving the geopolitical interests of a few players, to little economic effect.
President Ma reiterates hope to join TPP and RCEP
President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday reiterated the administration’s hope to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), in order to allow Taiwan to effectively take part in regional economic integration.
Integration of free trade agreements in East Asia urged
A senior Chinese trade official on Thursday called for the integration of free trade agreements in East Asia, while experts called for an acceleration of domestic reforms geared toward a market-oriented economy to facilitate the establishment of trade pacts.
China weighs choices on pacific trade pacts: experts
Some leading political economists have lauded China’s renewed interest in the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), telling Xinhua that China would enjoy more leverage on the tenor of negotiations "from the inside."
Seoul to become bridge between US, China through FTAs
Under its new trade policy, Korea’s top priority will be to conclude negotiations for a bilateral FTA with China at the earliest date possible, while also seeking to speed up negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
Big trading blocs moving at breakneck pace to raise free trade standards
The pace to negotiate bilateral or plurilateral free trade agreements has been accelerating rapidly over the last month as the big trading blocs seem eager to position themselves in the race for market access and standards. Special report for Intellectual Property Watch.
Rival trade pacts could converge
Separate multiparty free-trade talks in Asia backed by China and the United States are generally seen as a rivalry between the world’s two biggest economies, but some experts say the agreements could prove complementary and ultimately converge.
Date set for talks on Asia-Pacific free trade zone
China and 15 other Asia-Pacific nations have agreed to launch a first round of talks next month aimed at creating one of the world’s largest trading blocs. China is trying to outpace a similar effort by the US.
Between China and America? Real choices facing Indonesia
Are the RCEP and TPP really competing for members and agenda items?
Taiwan hoping to join ASEAN-led trade agreement on WTO model
Taiwan wants to take part in a proposed regional trade agreement but is still assessing the mode of participation and its impact on industry, an official of the Ministry of Economic Affairs said Saturday.
Joining TPP best answer for worries of further US encirclement
It is easy to perceive why China is highly apprehensive at the thought of Japan joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This move fits into a complex pattern that has fed China’s paranoia about being encircled.
NZ consults on regional FTA
The New Zealand Government is consulting on a sixteen-nation free trade agreement between New Zealand, Australia, the ten ASEAN states, China, India, Korea and Japan (RCEP)
Talks on ASEAN+6 trade bloc to kick off in May
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) together with the group’s six major trading partners are slated to begin in May the first round of negotiations to form the world’s largest economic bloc by 2015.
Thailand’s move to join the FTA race: A good thing?
Thailand has recently stepped up its efforts on opening its market by joining various Free Trade Agreement negotiations such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. What would these FTAs mean for Thailand?
Industrial cooperation offers way to expand trade with ASEAN
Trade between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations reached a record high of $400.9 billion in 2012 and the biggest progress in trade facilitation was a consensus on the launch of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
TPP vs. RCEP: A new Washington-Beijing tug-of-war?
How the Thai government navigates the contest between the United States and China in the economic sphere will be a litmus test of Thailand’s diplomatic and political skills.