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    Thailand ready to join worlds largest free trade agreement

    Thailand is set to sign the world’s biggest free trade agreement at the 37th Asean Summit this week, the Commerce Ministry confirmed on Thursday.


    Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit is scheduled to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Sunday (November 15) at a virtual meeting of Asean countries and their partners.

    The RCEP will cover all 10 Asean member states plus five partners: China, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea.

    The RCEP will take effect from the middle of 2021 if at least six Asean members and three partners agree to its terms. The Thai Cabinet will consider the final agreement before it is sent to Parliament for final approval.

    The largest free trade agreement will encompass almost 3.6 billion people (48.1 per cent of world population), with a combined GDP of more than $28.5 trillion (32.7 per cent of world GDP) and total trade value of over $11.2 trillion (29.5 per cent of world trade).

    The deal will ease trade between members by reducing or scrapping tariffs, strengthening supply chains with common rules, and forging new e-commerce rules.

    “Trump’s tariff-raising trade war with China has given extra impertus in recent years to push ahead with the RCEP, which had otherwise progressed only sluggishly since negotiations began in 2012,” Reuters reported recently.


    It said the partnership “will likely cement position more firmly as an economic partner with Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, and put it in a better position to shape the region’s trade rules”.Previously, the Trade Negotiations Department said RCEP would help Thailand gain by opening up new markets for Thai products outside the Asean region.

    Auramon Supthaweethum, director general of the department, said: "Another thing we will have is the origin of ‘Made in RCEP’ products. There will be more options to accumulate original goods from member countries to receive mutual tax benefits, including promoting a multilateral trading system of rules and helping the regional economy recover and grow stably."

    Thailand ready to join world’s largest free trade agreement on Sunday

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    ^ Sounds good.


    “Trump’s tariff-raising trade war with China has given extra impertus in recent years to push ahead with the RCEP, which had otherwise progressed only sluggishly since negotiations began in 2012,” Reuters reported recently.
    One would hope that Reuters could spell the word 'impetus' correctly.

    And indeed they can...

    Quote Originally Posted by Reuters
    Trump’s tariff-raising trade war with China has given extra impetus in recent years to push ahead with the RCEP, which had otherwise progressed only sluggishly since negotiations began in 2012.
    Asian leaders to sign China-backed trade deal amid U.S. election uncertainty | Reuters

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    The thais are always happy to eign these deals but not so happy to reciprocate. " think chatree gold mine misapproppriated by the current govt" free trade agreement my ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    free trade agreement my ass.
    I'll pass BLD.

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    Free Trade...??


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    Fair exchange, China gets invested in long term strategic commodities, in return for junk and a few suitcases of cash.

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