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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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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