Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at the Asean summit in Thailand on Sunday. Photo: AP

Malaysia’s Mahathir says talks on world’s biggest trade deal tough with so many parties involved

  • The veteran leader suggested negotiations on the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership were continuing in an inclusive spirit
  • But there has been rising talk of disagreements, the possible exclusion of a country and a delay to the pact’s conclusion until next year
Topic |   Mahathir Mohamad

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Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at the Asean summit in Thailand on Sunday. Photo: AP
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Thai policemen outside the venue for the 35th Asean Summit in Nonthaburi province. Photo: EPA

India’s wobbling over Asean trade pact set to dominate Thailand summit as Trump’s America dials down its delegation

  • Eyes are on India as officials send mixed signals at the last minute on commitment to deal with 10-member bloc of Southeast Asian countries
  • Washington meanwhile is being represented by the lowest ranking officials to take part since the US became a formal member of the forum in 2011
Topic |   Asean

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Thai policemen outside the venue for the 35th Asean Summit in Nonthaburi province. Photo: EPA
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