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Asian leaders reaffirm commitment to RCEP trade talks

Members hope to conclude deal in 2019 after failing to reach agreement this year

SINGAPORE -- Leaders of 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific area on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership after they failed to conclude the deal earlier this week.

"We welcomed the substantial progress made in RCEP negotiations in 2018," the leaders said in a joint statement.

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