India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the RCEP summit in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Reuters

India out but China and Asia-Pacific partners to press on with RCEP free trade pact

  • President Xi Jinping says ‘China is willing to sign a high-standard free trade agreement with many more countries’
  • Observers say deal could pave way for other opportunities
Topic |   China-India relations

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the RCEP summit in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Reuters
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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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