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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (ASEAN+6)


Labour unions in Asia Pacific condemn RCEP deal
Labour unions in Asia Pacific condemn this outcome and will continue working with our affiliates and allies to intervene in the enactment, ratification and implementation process of RCEP.
RCEP nations to sign Asian trade megadeal Sunday, with clause for India
Ministers from 15 countries in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreed Wednesday to sign the long-awaited trade deal at a summit Sunday, leaving the door open for reluctant India to return later.
China and 14 other nations ready to sign RCEP, world’s largest trade deal, before change of leadership in US
China is expected to sign a mega regional trade deal with 14 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region this weekend, wrapping up a major agreement before the next United States administration comes into office.
Japan to keep tariffs on sensitive farm product imports in RCEP deal
Japan will exempt its key farm products including rice and wheat from being subject to tariff cuts or elimination in a mega regional trade deal between Asia-Pacific countries including China, a draft of the agreement showed Tuesday.
China’s Xi says country will speed up trade talks with EU, Japan and South Korea
In a major speech on Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping talked up his country’s plans for playing a greater role in global trade, without mentioning ongoing tensions with the US.
Indonesian trade minister discussed the RCEP draft at the ASEAN Economic Ministers’ meeting
Minister of Trade Agus Suparmanto attended a virtual ’special caucus’ meeting of 10 ASEAN Economic Ministers discussed status of the RCEP draft and consolidated ASEAN countries’ position in preparation for the signing of RCEP agreement in this year.
A quantitative assessment of India’s withdrawal from RCEP: issues and concerns
This study casts serious doubt on earlier more optimistic projections of projected gains and shows that the case for proceeding with the RCEP without India’s participation is even less convincing.
India-China row sets new dimension for India’s economic partnership In Asia, albeit decoupling from RCEP – analysis
India’s decoupling from China led to a number of harsh steps to undermine the trade and investment relations with China, despite the fact that Chinese investment set the turf for mobile phone manufacturing in the country.
#NoRCEP solidarity action!
Action Aid is coordinating a giant photo petition to show leaders the people-powered movement saying #NoRCEP. Will you join us?
Indonesia expects to sign RCEP in mid-November
Indonesia expects to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in mid-November as the countries concerned finish negotiating the trade issues.
India pulls out from Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – Japan considers to do same
India’s pullout from the RCEP, like the prior U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has made a situation for Japan.
Thailand’s trade agenda may be complicated and thwarted by raised tensions in the Indo Pacific
The loss of India from the RCEP pact is a bitter blow to Thailand which had been looking forward to becoming a partner with India’s technology sector which is also very close to that of the United States.
India is ‘unlikely to re-think rejection of huge trade deal’
In November 2019, India pulled out of the deal primarily through concerns of dumping of manufactured goods from China and agricultural and dairy products from Australia and New Zealand, potentially affecting its own domestic industrial and farming sectors.
Thai ministry: RCEP deal set to be inked next month
The RCEP agreement is ready to be signed next month, and is expected to take effect in the second half of next year, said Auramon Supthaweethum, the director-general of Thailand’s Trade Negotiations Department.
India urged to return to Asia-Pacific free trade talks
Ministers from 15 Asia-Pacific countries negotiating a sprawling free trade agreement urged India on Wednesday to return to the talks as they are aiming to sign a deal by the end of the year, a Japanese official said.
RCEP ministers to meet Wed., aiming for free trade deal by year-end
Ministers from Asia-Pacific countries negotiating a sprawling free trade agreement will meet this week via videoconference as their year-end deadline for reaching a deal nears.
Partners set to clinch RCEP deal next month
Dialogue partners look set to clinch the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Nov 14 in Vietnam, according to the trade negotiators’ chief.
Mongolia joins China to become seventh member of Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement
Mongolia joins founding members Bangladesh, India, Laos, South Korea and Sri Lanka as well as China, its biggest trading partner.
India wants to urgently review its ASEAN Goods FTA, but other countries are slow to play ball
India’s insistence on reviewing its free trade agreement (FTA) in goods with the ASEAN region may not be done as quickly as it hopes, as most of the Southeast Asian nations are reluctant to immediately start getting into the nitty gritty of negotiations.
Japan and Australia wary of China as RCEP talks enter last stretch
With India, Australia and Japan intent on pursuing their arrangement in parallel, the road looks relatively clear for an RCEP accord in November. Even if there are still a few points of contention, the 15 countries may sign an "agreement in principle".