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RCEP summit on Nov. 15 to discuss trade deal by year-end, without India

Leaders from 15 countries aim to finalize Asia's biggest free trade agreement

India indicated its unwillingness to join RCEP during the summit in November last year in Bangkok. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO/HANOI -- Asian-Pacific leaders representing the nations involved in the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will soon discuss reaching a long-awaited agreement by the end of the year, Nikkei learned Friday.

The 15 participating nations will hold a virtual leaders' summit on Nov. 15 at the earliest. The free trade agreement would be the first that includes Japan, South Korea and China.

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