The sign-off of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) — a free trade agreement between the Asia-Pacific nations of Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar,New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam  — signals China’s global emergence from its Covid-19 hibernation.

The timing is fortuitous for China, as it is compatible with the accelerated development in critical areas that change the post-Covid-19 landscape for China trade relations with the world.

There are three critical areas that redefine China relations with the world and set a post-Covid-19 environment in which trade will take place.

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