World’s largest free trade agreement signed at end of ASEAN Summit in coup for China

  by Alice Philipson, with Martin Abbugao in Singapore Agence France Presse HANOI, Vietnam (AFP) — Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday signed the world’s biggest free trade deal, seen as a huge coup for China in extending its influence. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) includes 10 Southeast Asian economies along with China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia, with members accounting for around 30 percent of global GDP. First proposed in 2012, the […]

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