The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement was finally signed last week, after eight long years involving 31 negotiating rounds and eight ministerial sessions. After all that effort, the poor negotiators found that the achievement was greeted with less than unbridled enthusiasm. This seems a bit unfair to us — anyone can pick holes in the RCEP agreement but overall, it will produce tangible benefits for its members while also creating a few geopolitical ripples.

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