Bloco comercial asiático RCEP infographic
A infografia mostra a área coberta pela proposta Parceria Económica Regional Completa (RCEP).


Ásia prepara o maior acordo comercial do mundo

By Mike Tyler

November 4, 2019 - A Parceria Económica Regional Completa (RCEP) de 16 países procura criar uma zona de comércio livre entre os 10 membros da ASEAN e seis outros países da Ásia-Pacífico – que pode ser o maior bloco comercial do mundo. Mas a India teme uma inundação de produtos chineses no seu mercado interno.

Leaders of countries involved in the trade initiative said Monday that they had resolved differences but India was not in agreement. Seven years after talks began, the signing of a final deal was pushed back to next year.

India has balked at exposing its farmers and factories to more foreign competition, especially from China.

A statement issued after leaders met said, “India has significant outstanding issues, which remain unresolved.”

It said talks would continue to try to mend those differences. India’s final decision “will depend on satisfactory resolution of these issues.”

Indian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Garima Paul said that India isn’t out of RCEP.

The other RCEP members include the 10 nations belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

RCEP has the potential to be the world’s biggest trade pact, accounting for account for a third of global gross domestic product and nearly half the world’s population, Reuters said.

PUBLISHED: 04/11/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press
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