Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's former foreign secretary, recently told a forum in New Delhi that India had not “closed the door” on RCEP and “the ball is in the court of the countries concerned and whether they make it worth our while”. Photo: Bloomberg Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's former foreign secretary, recently told a forum in New Delhi that India had not “closed the door” on RCEP and “the ball is in the court of the countries concerned and whether they make it worth our while”. Photo: Bloomberg
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's former foreign secretary, recently told a forum in New Delhi that India had not “closed the door” on RCEP and “the ball is in the court of the countries concerned and whether they make it worth our while”. Photo: Bloomberg
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India must rethink its opposition to joining regional free-trade deal

  • Not being part of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership because of fears of competition would, in the long term, harm the country’s interests

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's former foreign secretary, recently told a forum in New Delhi that India had not “closed the door” on RCEP and “the ball is in the court of the countries concerned and whether they make it worth our while”. Photo: Bloomberg Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's former foreign secretary, recently told a forum in New Delhi that India had not “closed the door” on RCEP and “the ball is in the court of the countries concerned and whether they make it worth our while”. Photo: Bloomberg
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's former foreign secretary, recently told a forum in New Delhi that India had not “closed the door” on RCEP and “the ball is in the court of the countries concerned and whether they make it worth our while”. Photo: Bloomberg
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