Asiens RCEP Freihandelsabkommen infographic
Grafik zeigt das Gebiet der vorgeschlagenen Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).


Asiens Staaten besiegeln weltgrößtes Freihandelsabkommen

By Jordi Bou

November 15, 2020 - Staatschefs der Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) unterscheiben das Mammut-Freihandelsabkommen, das fast ein Drittel der Weltbevölkerungund 29% des globalen Brutto National Produkts betrifft.

RCEP includes the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), plus China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

RCEP will create unified rules of origin across much of the region to replace a mishmash of bilateral trade deals, bringing Asia a step closer to being a coherent trading zone like the EU or North America.

And for China, the biggest economy involved in the trade negotiations, RCEP would enable China to tighten regional trade links, helping buffer Beijing against Washington while fostering greater economic interdependence with regional powers, which include Australia, South Korea and Japan.

Analysts said the deal marked a big step towards economic integration and would further diminish U.S. influence in the region after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, another large regional trading pact.

PUBLISHED: 15/11/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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