Welcome To Mc Ebisco

 
Loading...

World’s biggest trade deal to be delayed to 2020


Download Mc Ebisco News App.

Now Available On:

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.

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.

ALSO READ:  Ooni of Ife proceeds on a 7-day annual seclusion as 'Olojo festival' begins in Ile Ife
Loading...

“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.

ALSO READ:  What IPOB will do to South-East Governors owing Salaries if they Travel Abroad – Nnamdi Kanu

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.

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.

ALSO READ:  Call Miyetti Allah to order, South-East farmers tell Buhari

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.

   
Loading...

Have any Question or Comment?

Leave a Reply

Loading...

Get Latest Mc Ebisco News Alert!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

YOU MUST READ

Loading...

Contact Us Here

Watch Mc Ebisco Comedy

x