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Delhi dialogues opportunity for ASEAN to convince India to rejoin RCEP

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, December 13, 2019   /  07:34 am
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India announced at the conclusion of the ASEAN Summit in Thailand last month that it would be withdrawing from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), citing concerns about its trade deficit and an anticipated jump in imports.(AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Regional dialogues on Indo-Pacific cooperation set to be held in New Delhi this weekend will provide ASEAN countries with an opportunity to persuade India to rejoin a landmark trade deal it walked away from last month. India will host the sixth Indian Ocean Dialogue and the 11th Delhi Dialogue on Friday and Saturday. The two events are the key elements of India’s engagement with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and ASEAN. Jose Tavares, the Foreign Ministry’s ASEAN director general, said the Delhi Dialogue was a 1.5 track dialogue that would be attended by government officials and political and economic academics and think tanks. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi will give a keynote address at the opening session, he added. India’s withdrawal from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has not been included on the agendas of any key meetin...