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Australia called on to push back against protectionism with RCEP trade deal

From left, Shiro Armstrong, Craig Emerson and Mari Pangestu called for Australia to get behind the RCEP trade deal.

From left, Shiro Armstrong, Craig Emerson and Mari Pangestu called for Australia to get behind the RCEP trade deal. 

Australia is being urged to get behind a renewed push for the signing of a regional trade pact with south-east Asia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, in a bid to reverse the trend of rising protectionism.

The latest round of ministerial negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership kick off in Tokyo on Sunday, at a time when the United States, China and Europe are locked in an escalating tariff dispute.

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India in talks with China, Australia, New Zealand to crack mega trade deal

India is holding bilateral dialogues with China, Australia and New Zealand to get them to agree to less ambitious tariff cuts for sensitive products. The aim is to end the logjam in the negotiations for the mega regional trade bloc, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

India is holding bilateral dialogues with China, Australia and New Zealand to get them to agree to less ambitious tariff cuts for sensitive products. The aim is to end the logjam in the negotiations for the mega regional trade bloc, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The pact is being negotiated between 16 countries including the 10-member ASEAN, Japan and Korea.

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S. Korean delegation to take part in RCEP talks in Singapore

South Korean delegates will head to Singapore to participate in the latest round of talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a proposed mega trade deal involving Asian nations, Seoul's trade ministry said Thursday.

South Korean delegates will head to Singapore to participate in the latest round of talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a proposed mega trade deal involving Asian nations, Seoul's trade ministry said Thursday.

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Doubts remain as RCEP inches closer to conclusion

The signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) took place last week, but questions now loom over the status of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The RCEP recently progressed to yet another ministerial meeting on 3rd March, after which it was reported to be closer to finalisation.

The signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) took place last week, but questions now loom over the status of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

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RCEP Talks In Indonesia Focus On Concessions, Crafting Of Sensitive List

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made significant headway in January, negotiating countries in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are pressured to conclude the trade deal, and they try to make progress in the ongoing talks in Indonesia.

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made significant headway in January, negotiating countries in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are pressured to conclude the trade deal, and they try to make progress in the ongoing talks in Indonesia.

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