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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (ASEAN+6)


Minister designates conclusion of trade negotiations as priority
Indonesian Trade Minister brought attention to prioritizing the prompt conclusion of several international trade negotiations in 2020, including RCEP and deals with Tunisia, Morocco, the EU and Turkey.
RCEP: Does free trade reduce inequalities, ask Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo in their new book
Data shows that poverty reduction slows down in areas impacted the most strongly by trade liberalisation, says the book.
Has India lost its free trade mojo? Or will Delhi substitute the RCEP for the EAEU?
he EAEU deal may well be championed in India as a game-changer, and in certain sectors it will be. But what India really needs is the motivation and initiative to compete with China.
China urges RCEP members to include India in trade bloc
A Chinese state-run English daily said, “the countries involved in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership shouldn’t lose the chance to include India."
RCEP agreement no guarantee of increased Australian exports to ASEAN countries
In the short- and medium- terms, however, it seems unlikely that those additional rules will facilitate any significant increase in Australian exports to ASEAN.
RCEP: The meaning of India’s exit
Benny Kuruvilla from Focus on the Global South spoke with trade expert, Prof. Biswajit Dhar from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and Ranja Sengupta, senior economist with the Third World Network.
India exits the RCEP: What happens next?
While India has now opted out of the RCEP negotiations, it has not completely abandoned its policy of pursuing free trade agreements
Japan seeks to keep India in China-backed regional trade pact
China aims to press ahead with 15 remaining RCEP members. Japan had sought to balance China by involving India.
Could join RCEP if demands are met, says Piyush Goyal
But decision to stay out is final for now, says Commerce Minister.
CTU concerned with "upgrade" of China Free Trade Agreement
The CTU is concerned that the "upgrade" of the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement has not removed the threat of investor suits against the New Zealand government.
Opinion: The China-NZ FTA upgrade - why now?
New Zealand being granted an FTA upgrade right now rubs it in to Australia that only those who play nicely with China can expect rewards.
New rules on IP rights and e-commerce to be set under RCEP free trade agreement
A common set of rules on intellectual property (IP) and e-commerce and a new scope of trade for telecommunication services are among some of the expected benefits that will arise from the RCEP agreement when it is signed next year.
RCEP: A rural disaster
The disastrous impact of the Indo-Sri Lanka FTA and ASEAN FTA on Indian farmers especially in the plantation sector is well known. RCEP would be worse than ASEAN FTA
Giant RCEP regional trade deal text without India must be released and evaluated before signing says AFTINET
India’s departure from the RCEP announced yesterday in Bangkok is not only caused by India’s resistance to lower tariffs. There is a hidden agenda of non-tariff issues that could restrict future government regulation by giving more rights to global corporations.
Pan-Asian trade deal goes ahead, but with a chunk missing
A free trade deal that would have created a trading bloc covering half of the world’s population and more than a third of the world’s economic activity will stay on hold until 2020 after India refused to sign up.
’RCEP doesn’t reflect original intent’: India refuses to join mega Asian trade deal
India has decided not to join Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the mega Asian trade agreement between 16 countries with almost half the world’s population.
We demand trade justice reject RCEP and corporate trade deals
Trade Justice Pilipinas have come out on the streets over the last few weeks to lead various protest actions across the region against the RCEP—touted as the biggest regional free trade and investment deal.
Joint leaders’ statement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
The Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand released a statement on the RCEP
No RCEP is better than a bad deal for India
The Forum for Trade Justice is of the opinion that the Government of India should not agree to the RCEP as it will be a bad deal for democracy, for farmers, workers.
Congress to stage protests against RCEP across State
The Congress has decided to hold protests across the State against the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement that is expected to be signed by India soon.