Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership signing ceremony in Canberra on November 15. America’s closest allies, such as Australia, have forged ahead with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and RCEP without US participation. Photo: EPA-EFE Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership signing ceremony in Canberra on November 15. America’s closest allies, such as Australia, have forged ahead with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and RCEP without US participation. Photo: EPA-EFE
Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership signing ceremony in Canberra on November 15. America’s closest allies, such as Australia, have forged ahead with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and RCEP without US participation. Photo: EPA-EFE
Christian Le Miere
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Christian Le Miere

RCEP trade deal: US should worry less about China’s role and more about being left out

  • The challenge is not that the world’s biggest trade deal is China-led or heralds a Sinocentric order – both of which are misrepresentations anyway – but that the Asia-Pacific region has shown no need of US leadership or even involvement

Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership signing ceremony in Canberra on November 15. America’s closest allies, such as Australia, have forged ahead with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and RCEP without US participation. Photo: EPA-EFE Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership signing ceremony in Canberra on November 15. America’s closest allies, such as Australia, have forged ahead with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and RCEP without US participation. Photo: EPA-EFE
Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership signing ceremony in Canberra on November 15. America’s closest allies, such as Australia, have forged ahead with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and RCEP without US participation. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Christian Le Miere

Christian Le Miere

Christian Le Miere is a foreign policy adviser. He is the founder of Arcipel, a strategic consultancy, and has worked as a senior adviser to an Abu Dhabi entity. He was formerly a senior fellow at the IISS, a London-based think tank, and the editor of various publications for Jane's, a global defence intelligence firm.