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India's role in Asia after RCEP

India's "no" to RCEP reflects one of the many opportunities it has missed to become a solid global manufacturing base

Anita Inder Singh 

Anita Inder Singh

Where does India stand in Asia? Has its position changed after its rejection of the Regional Comprehensive Economic partnership (RCEP), which has been on Asean’s agenda since 2012? India’s absence from the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) rules it out from influencing the blocs that will define Asia’s economic future.

To the dismay of India’s friends, including Japan, that absence also leaves the field open for China to dominate the RCEP and to wield economic power over ...

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First Published: Thu, November 14 2019. 23:13 IST
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