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ASEAN upbeat RCEP will conclude this year

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ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi.(Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)
Dian Septiari
Bangkok   ●   Tue, July 30, 2019

It is now or never for countries involved in the ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to resolve their differences and conclude the seven years of negotiations, as the trade war between the United States and China continues to pose challenges in the region.

ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi said the prolonged trade tensions had created more urgency for ASEAN to push forward with the RCEP negotiations intensively. He expressed optimism that the RCEP could be concluded in the coming months.

ASEAN members and its six partner countries have gone through many rounds of negotiations since ASEAN leaders mandated the conclusion of RCEP by the end of this year, with the latest meeting being held in Melbourne earlier this month.

“Looking at the last meeting, there are so many developments there. [...] Because as you know that all th...

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