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Japan teams with RCEP allies to push China on data free flow

'League of partners' sets the tone for TPP and future deals

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the China International Fair for Trade in Services in September.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China's decision to join 14 other Asia-Pacific nations to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership last month was unquestionably an attempt to fill the vacuum left by a protectionist U.S. and be at the table writing the rules of the road for global trade.

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