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RCEP countries open to easing investment rules, agree to ease ISDS clauses

Despite treading diametrically opposite paths on tariffs and market access, India and China, along with other nations, have hit it off on talks regarding investment norms in the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact.

Despite treading diametrically opposite paths on tariffs and market access, India and China, along with other nations, have hit it off on talks regarding investment norms in the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact.

In a bid to fast-track the deal, most nations have agreed to ease the investor-state-dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses.

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RCEP trade negotiations will continue into 2019, says Suresh Prabhu

The long-drawn negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement will continue into 2019 to sort out issues related to goods and services trade among member nations, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Tuesday.

The long-drawn negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement will continue into 2019 to sort out issues related to goods and services trade among member nations, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Tuesday. The Minister was briefing reporters here following a meeting of trade Ministers of the 16-nation RCEP in Singapore last week, which concluded on Sunday.

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RCEP talks gain urgency amid rising protectionist sentiments

SINGAPORE: Talks between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its regional trade partners are gaining urgency, as they strive to conclude a far-reaching, 16-member trade pact.

SINGAPORE: Talks between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its regional trade partners are gaining urgency, as they strive to conclude a far-reaching, 16-member trade pact.

Singapore - the ASEAN chair for 2018 - has said it hopes to conclude negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by the end of the year, as talks got underway on Thursday (Aug 30), day two of the 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM).

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Talks on RCEP have reached critical stage, could be 'substantively concluded' soon: PM Lee

SINGAPORE - Talks on a major trade pact between Asean and six Asia-Pacific countries have reached a critical stage and could be "substantively concluded" soon, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Wednesday (Aug 29).

SINGAPORE - Talks on a major trade pact between Asean and six Asia-Pacific countries have reached a critical stage and could be "substantively concluded" soon, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Wednesday (Aug 29).

Asean member states have been pushing for the trade deal, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), to be inked by the end of this year.

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India allays exit fears, to remain engaged in RCEP

New Delhi: Allaying fears that India may exit trade talks under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to avoid giving more market access to China, an informal group of ministers (GoM) headed by trade minister Suresh Prabhu has decided that India will remain engaged in the 16-member trade grouping.

New Delhi: Allaying fears that India may exit trade talks under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to avoid giving more market access to China, an informal group of ministers (GoM) headed by trade minister Suresh Prabhu has decided that India will remain engaged in the 16-member trade grouping.

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ASEAN urges partners to speed up RCEP talks amid US-China trade war

The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China has prompted ASEAN to call for accelerated negotiations on RCEP.

The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China has prompted the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to call for accelerated negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a free trade framework involving ASEAN and six partner countries.

On Friday, ASEAN foreign ministers held meetings with their counterparts from India, South Korea and Australia — all of which are RCEP partners.

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16 nations reach 2 more deals in RCEP talks

Sixteen economies concluded negotiations in two more areas covered by the envisaged RCEP agreement.

Sixteen economies, including Japan, China and 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, concluded negotiations in two more areas covered by the envisaged Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership free trade agreement.

Negotiators from the Asia-Oceania countries struck deals on customs procedures and trade facilitation and on government procurement during their 11-day meeting in Bangkok through Friday.

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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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