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Challenge for Asean: Reclaiming its voice on a complex world stage

A 16-country mega trade pact would have made a fine present for 52-year-old Asean. It was not to be.

Yesterday, Thailand's hope of announcing an agreement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) while hosting the Asean Summit were dashed by a reluctant India.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2019, with the headline 'Challenge for Asean: Reclaiming its voice on a complex world stage'. Subscribe