El gráfco muestra el área cubierta por el pacto propuesto Asociación Económica Integral Regional (RCEP).


Líderes asiáticos firman el mayor pacto comercial del mundo

By Jordi Bou

November 15, 2020 - Líderes asiáticos están por firmar el acuerdo de Asociación Económica Integral Regional (RCEP), un pacto comercial colosal que cubre cerca de un tercio de la población mundial y representa 29% del producto interno bruto global.

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: 14/11/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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