Members of Indian farming communities have rallied to oppose the government’s plan to join the Regional Comprehensive Economics Partnership (RCEP). Photo: AFP

India’s concerns about RCEP remain the major obstacle to world’s largest trade deal

  • The RCEP involves the 10 Asean countries and the six major economies to have formed free trade pacts with the bloc: China, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan
  • New Delhi has pressed for ‘data localisation’ provisions in the e-commerce chapter of the trade pact, and is also worried about the effects of tariff liberalisation on local industries
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Members of Indian farming communities have rallied to oppose the government’s plan to join the Regional Comprehensive Economics Partnership (RCEP). Photo: AFP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.