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India should hurry RCEP trade pact to attract Chinese investment

New Delhi can take advantage of Beijing being on the back foot

| India
Narendra Modi speaks with Li Keqiang at the RCEP meeting in Singapore in November 2018: India needs to engage with China to protect its commercial interests.   © Reuters

India faces fierce and opposing pressures when it comes to negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership -- a 16-member free trade pact comprising ASEAN, China, Japan and others.

On the one hand, other countries see it as the major obstacle because it is not letting the negotiations on RCEP conclude and are demanding it now do so.

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