Once signed, the RCEP will form the largest free-trade agreement in Asia, covering 47.4 percent of the world's population, and accounting for 32.2 percent of global GDP, 29.1 percent of trade worldwide and 32.5 percent of global investment.
A crucial breakthrough in negotiations on a mega regional trade agreement announced here on Monday has reaffirmed the Asia Pacific's strong support for free trade and multilateralism.
With Britain now in the grip of a snap general election, the fate of the country's membership in the European Union (EU) remains uncertain, although Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims if he wins, Britain should leave the bloc in January.
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