Ministers from 16 Asia-Pacific countries pose ahead of a meeting on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership free trade pact in Singapore. Photo: Kyodo

In show to Trump, Asia talks of free trade. So far, it’s all still talk

  • Asian leaders are claiming ‘significant progress’ on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
  • But experts say the optimistic language is just for the US president’s ears and that it masks deeper problems
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Ministers from 16 Asia-Pacific countries pose ahead of a meeting on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership free trade pact in Singapore. Photo: Kyodo
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