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Trade war

RCEP members aim for complete deal in 2019: draft statement

16 countries in last-minute negotiation toward next week's summit

U.S. protectionist policies have given new urgency to RCEP talks that began in 2013.     © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Member countries of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership free-trade framework are aiming to conclude the deal next year, according to a draft joint statement Nikkei obtained on Thursday.

The statement is expected to be released on Nov. 14, after the RCEP summit in Singapore.

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