Indian farmers urge their government not to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Photo: AFP

China’s in, but, without India, is ‘world’s largest trade pact’, the RCEP, still such a big deal?

  • Modi’s shock move to abandon the RCEP trade deal has fed the cynics
  • But its fans are loyal, even in the face of research suggesting its impact on GDPs will be minimal
Topic |   Trade

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Indian farmers urge their government not to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. 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.