World World's biggest trade deal to be delayed to 2020: Draft ASEAN statement

12:06  03 november  2019
12:06  03 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A draft final statement for the ASEAN summit seen by Reuters said the leaders would express "deep concern over the rising trade tensions and on-going protectionist and anti-globalization sentiments." Diplomats expected little discussion on perennial regional problems such as maritime disputes with

But as leaders of the 10 member Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN ) met in Bangkok, there was no sign they had yet finalised a planned trade deal backed by China that But sometimes when theyre unnice to us, we have to be unnice to them," Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia' s outspoken

The signing of the world's largest trade pact will likely be kicked back to 2020, according to a draft statement by Southeast Asian leaders, delaying a deal craved by China to offset a painful tariff war with the US.

a flag hanging on a wall: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will likely delay finalising a regional trade pact at a summit in Bangkok© TANG CHHIN SOTHY The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will likely delay finalising a regional trade pact at a summit in Bangkok

The 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) spans from India to New Zealand and includes 30 percent of global GDP and half of the world's people.

Objections by India have dashed hopes of finalising the pact at this weekend's Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Bangkok, where members of the 10-nation bloc have been joined by the premiers of India and China.

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of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN ) meeting in Nonthaburi, Thailand Sunday, Nov. Prayuth said the aim was to have a final deal by next year. The proposed RCEP trade bloc aims to dismantle trade barriers and set standards for trade between ASEAN and six other

Asian business and political leaders in attendance include Japan’ s Shinzo Abe, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Air Asia Group CEO Tony Fernandes. Asean brands and companies have “huge” opportunities given global headwinds from the U. S .-China trade war, Brexit and fluctuating commodity

"Most market access negotiations have been completed and the few outstanding bilateral issues will be resolved by Feb 2020," said a draft agreement obtained by AFP.

Negotiations have sputtered for several years, but the statement said the text of all 20 chapters was now complete "pending the resolution of one" member, believed to be India.

But it said all members were "committed to sign the RCEP" next year in Vietnam, which will take over the ASEAN chair.

New Delhi is worried its small businesses will be hard hit by any flood of cheap Chinese goods creating "unsustainable trade deficits" -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an interview published by the Bangkok Post.

Beijing sees RCEP as a central pillar of its trade strategy for its Asian neighbourhood, and it is backed by the leaders of ASEAN and who represent a 650 million-strong market.

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Southeast Asian leaders have gathered in Bangkok for a three-day summit expected to be dominated by trade . ASEAN members are trying to finalize a China-backed plan to create the world ' s biggest free trade area. A draft final statement for the summit, cited by the Reuters news agency, said leaders

3.1.1 2020 ASEAN Banking Integration Framework. 3.1.2 Financial integration roadmap. 3.1.3 Food security. member.[24] Laos and Myanmar joined two years later on 23 July 1997.[25] Cambodia was to join at the same time as Laos and Myanmar, but an internal political struggle delayed its entry.

Concluding the deal has been made more pressing by the brutal tit-for-tat trade war with the US, which has chipped back at growth in China, the world's second-largest economy.

RCEP -- which includes the 10-nation ASEAN bloc along with China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand -- accounts for 40 percent of global commerce.

The tit-for-tat tariffs lobbed by the US and China on billions of dollars worth of goods could drag growth to the lowest rate in over a decade, according to the IMF.

US President Donald Trump said he hopes to sign a deal with China's Xi Jinping in order to roll back some of the tariffs, telling reporters over the weekend an agreement could be signed in the US state of Iowa.

Chinese premier Li Keqiang said earlier in the day his country remained "firmly committed to supporting ASEAN centrality" as part of its regional ties.

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