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Hope India would revisit merits of joining RCEP: Singapore PM

December 07, 2020 9:20 pm

On November 4 last year, India walked out of the mega free trade agreement RCEP as negotiations failed to address New Delhi's outstanding issues and concerns.

Need to reform banking, be watchful on trade protectionism: N K Singh

November 20, 2020 11:47 am

The future of trade policy should become clear from January onwards when the new US government outlines its stance.

Ex-foreign secy for joining RCEP: India pushing itself to margins of economy

November 18, 2020 2:13 am

The remarks come a day after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mounted a defence of the Indian government’s decision to stay out of the RCEP.

To join or not to join: Congress a little confused on RCEP

November 18, 2020 12:59 pm

Senior party leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said there are “pros and cons to India joining the RCEP” and slammed External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for having “railed against trade agreements and praised the virtues of protectionism”.

The RCEP question

November 17, 2020 4:23 pm

If India does not join the trade bloc in the future, it must negotiate bilateral agreements to offset the losses. If it does, it must strengthen its economy.

Study on benefits, costs helped govt firm up RCEP stand

November 17, 2020 10:50 am

Where RCEP members are concerned, India’s deficits have marginally reduced in most cases. However, its total deficit with ASEAN as a bloc has increased between 2018-19 and 2019-20, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Jaishankar defends decision to not sign RCEP

November 17, 2020 2:00 am

He also said that those who argue “stressing openness and efficiency” do not present the full picture, and that this was “equally a world of non-tariff barriers of subsidies and state capitalism” — an oblique reference to China.

Explained: The economic implications of India opting out of RCEP

November 26, 2020 2:32 pm

The regional trade agreement has been signed by 15 countries, without India. A look at the factors leading to India opting out, how China’s aggression firmed the decision, and the economic implications of the move.

Seize the deal

November 17, 2020 12:05 am

Trade lifts all boats, New Delhi must get inside the RCEP tent at the earliest opportune moment.

Explained: India's strategic thinking on RCEP, and the China factor

November 19, 2020 11:26 am

RCEP has now been signed without India. The Indian Express has learnt that negotiators from Japan worked hard to keep the RCEP agreement “open for accession by India” and also said that India may participate in RCEP meetings as an “observer”.


Top quotes of S Jaishankar at RNG Lecture: From Kashmir to RCEP to what he said on Pakistan

November 17, 2019 8:43 am

S Jaishankar delivering the fourth RNG Lecture provided an assessment of the last 70 years of India’s foreign policy choices and challenged past positions — from dealing with China on boundary issues and handling Pakistan to managing ties with the US.