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China, Japan and ASEAN await India's nod to seal RCEP trade deal

Negotiators in last-minute effort after ministerial talks ended without breakthrough

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who holds the key to the world's largest trade deal, will attend several summits in Bangkok.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries, including China, Japan and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, are waiting on India to approve a fundamental agreement on the world's largest trade deal, multiple sources revealed on Saturday.

Negotiators from the countries participating in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, held an informal meeting Saturday in a last-minute push toward a deal. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the ASEAN and East Asia summits in Bangkok.

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