Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh celebrate the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Hanoi, Vietnam, on November 15, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh celebrate the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Hanoi, Vietnam, on November 15, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE
Anthony Rowley
Opinion

Opinion

Macroscope by Anthony Rowley

Under the RCEP, Asia will be free to pursue its own aims rather than those of the US

  • Trade deals are all too often used as weapons by advanced economies to exploit developing nations
  • With the absence of the US, the newly formed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership charts a less interventionist path for Asian countries

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh celebrate the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Hanoi, Vietnam, on November 15, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh celebrate the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Hanoi, Vietnam, on November 15, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE
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