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Al Jazeera 16 Nov 2020

Why is Asia-Pacific's new trade deal so important?


A third of the global economy comes under the new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or R-Cep.
China, ten southeast asian nations along with South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand have signed the free-trade agreement.
But the U.S. is excluded, leaving Beijing as the dominant economy in the bloc.
So, will this deal help the region's economy?

Presenter: Bernard Smith


Phar Kim Beng - Founder of the Strategic Pan Indo-Pacific Arena think tank.

Gareth Leather - Senior Economist at Capital Economics.

Stan Veuger - Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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