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On Sunday, 15 nations in the Asia-Pacific region signed the world’s newest multilateral trade deal, the massive Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, during this year’s ASEAN summit. While India has decided not to join the pact, which was eight years in the making, the new economic bloc accounts for about 30% of the world’s gross domestic product and 30% of its population.

What is RCEP and who are its members?

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