Source: KBS World Radio| Feb 14, 2016
Officials from 16 Asian countries will hold an eleventh round of negotiations for five days in Brunei from Monday as part of a proposed trade deal known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership(RCEP).
Ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their six trading partners – South Korea, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and India – are participating in the RCEP.
These nations announced in November last year a joint statement pledging to wrap up negotiations by the end of this year on integration in trade, services and investments.
The trade deal, if reached, will create a 22-point-seven trillion dollar market, the second largest economic block after the market of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.