Asean played central role in driving RCEP process, observers say

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When the world's largest trade pact - the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) - was signed about a fortnight ago, people were left with different impressions of its significance, depending on which media outlet they read.

A New York Times report was headlined "China-led trade pact is signed, in challenge to US", while China nationalist tabloid Global Times ran an opinion piece titled "RCEP will end US hegemony in West Pacific".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 28, 2020, with the headline Asean played central role in driving RCEP process, observers say. Subscribe