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Ganeshan Wignaraja: TPP or RCEP? Or both? Asian economies consider the options

Representatives from the TPP's 12 member nations signed the pact in Feb.2016.

After the collapse of the Doha Round of world trade talks last December, trade deals and pacts such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership are becoming even more central to the region's trade architecture and the future of global commerce.

While the TPP and RCEP are often painted as rival trading blocs, how they could fit together is the weighty question facing Asia and the world economy today.

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