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Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell | Photo: Twitter | AusHCIndia

Australia, India joint defence activities increased four-fold in 6 years, says envoy O’Farrell

Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell says countries looking to create new & resilient supply chains, CECA trade pact will move forward.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church's Hope Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Valluru village, which is allegedly built on land acquired through fraud | By special arrangement

Church ‘committed land fraud’ in Andhra, Canadian donors say will fight to repair damage

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
PM Modi at the RCEP Summit in Thailand | @narendramodi | Twitter

India risks hurting its exports to RCEP countries for very reason it quit the trade bloc

Tariffs will be eliminated on at least 92% of traded goods among the 15 nations that signed the RCEP. Meanwhile, some of India’s top 10 exports will face erosion in market share.
PM Narendra Modi at the RCEP Summit in Bangkok, Thailand | ANI

India’s RCEP exit & lure of protectionism versus creative destruction of capitalism

In episode 625 of #CutTheClutter, ThePrint's Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta talks about what RCEP is and why India chose to stay out of it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call for 'atmanirbhar' or self-reliant India | Photo: ANI

Not signing RCEP could be one of Modi’s biggest blunders, ‘atmanirbhar’ an admission of defeat

It’s unrealistic to expect manufacturing to be 25% of India’s GDP by 2030. ‘Atmanirbhar’ concept is Nehruvian, and India’s competitiveness has to be improved.
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RCEP would’ve led to flood of imports into India. Reform is a better way to boost exports

India hasn’t signed the RCEP, leading to concerns that it will get isolated. But it’s a China-centric deal that would have few advantages for India’s exports.
PM Narendra Modi at the RCEP Summit in Bangkok, Thailand | ANI

Modi rightly didn’t join RCEP a year ago. SE Asian states are unlikely to benefit much

Joining a China-led trade arrangement because the US is unwilling to provide an alternative is a strategic equivalent of cutting your nose to spite your face.
PM Modi at the RCEP Summit in Thailand | @narendramodi | Twitter

How will RCEP benefit member nations and what does India’s exit from the trade pact mean

New Delhi: After eight years of negotiations, 15 Asia-Pacific nations have finally signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), hailed as one of the biggest free trade deals in history. It covers over 2.2 billion people and accounts for 30 per cent of the world's economy. India chose to opt out of this trade agreement that was signed Sunday (15 November) among 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam — and their six trade partners — Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in November last year said the decision to not be a part of RCEP was guided by the impact it will have on the “lives and livelihood of all Indians, especially vulnerable sections of the society”. ThePrint explains what RCEP represents, how it was conceived and ways in which this...
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Welcome to the might-is-right global trade era

To engage in economic coercion of your trading partners while simultaneously joining them in a new trading bloc is an appropriate emblem of our times.
PM Modi at the RCEP Summit in Thailand | @narendramodi | Twitter

15 nations sign RCEP, world’s largest regional free-trade agreement that India abandoned

PM Modi had said he pulled out over concerns about how RCEP would affect Indians' livelihoods. But India will be allowed to rejoin the pact.

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