New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold hands at the third Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 4. India later decided not to sign the pact. Photo: Reuters
David Dodwell
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Outside In by David Dodwell

What Brexit supporters can learn from India pulling out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

  • While RCEP has been rightly critiqued as a ‘stapler’ deal, it is an important assurance that countries remain committed to multi-country liberalisation
  • India’s withdrawal from the pact leaves the other 15 members in a quandary over whether to proceed or wait, and highlights the difficulty of concluding trade deals

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold hands at the third Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 4. India later decided not to sign the pact. Photo: Reuters
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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the 3rd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok this month. Photo: Reuters
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Editorial by SCMP Editorial

Trade push must go on without India

  • With New Delhi delaying the signing of a free-trade deal until next year, the 15 other Asian nations that did reach agreement have to ensure they can reap the benefits amid economic uncertainty

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the 3rd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok this month. Photo: Reuters
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