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RCEP and India: Trade Decisions, Regional Impacts



  Dec 06, 2023

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and India



The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a free trade agreement involving Asia-Pacific countries, creating the largest trade bloc in history as of its signing in November 2020. It encompasses around 30% of the world's population and global GDP, signifying a major economic shift with substantial implications for global trade dynamics.

Q: What is the RCEP?

A: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is a free trade agreement among Asian countries aimed at creating a unified market to enhance trade and investment in the region.

Q: Why did India opt out of the RCEP?

A: India withdrew over concerns that the agreement was not balanced and could potentially harm its small businesses, farmers, and the dairy industry.

Q: Are any neighboring countries interested in the RCEP?

A: Yes, countries like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have shown interest in RCEP, looking to bolster economic ties within the region.

Q: What might be the implications for India if neighboring countries join RCEP?

A: It could lead to a shift in trade dynamics in the region and may require India to reassess its trade policies and strategies in order to remain competitive.

Q: Has India expressed any intention to rejoin the RCEP negotiations?

A: As of the latest updates, India has not indicated a desire to rejoin the RCEP negotiations, maintaining its position to protect its domestic interests.


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