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International relations

Asia ministers end RCEP trade talks without breakthrough

Leaders of 16 nations to release joint statement on deal's status Monday

Ministers of RCEP member nations gather for negotiation in Bangkok on Nov. 1. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

BANGKOK -- Representatives of 16 Asia-Pacific countries including China, Japan and India on Friday ended ministerial talks here on a proposed trade megadeal without a clear agreement despite efforts to reach a "substantial conclusion."

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