Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Is the RCEP the TPP by another name?

The TPP failed because its corporate agenda was so damaging for people and the planet that it faced overwhelming opposition worldwide. But global corporations and some governments, including the Australian government, are pushing to repeat the same failed model in other trade agreements. First in line is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). 

But is the RCEP just the TPP by another name? Read our explainer here.

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Battle over digital economy at RCEP

There are proposals in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership that government regulation should have no compulsory disclosure of source codes, no restriction on transfer and processing of data outside the country, and no requirements for computing facilities to be locally based. These proposals raise questions about the ability of governments to have effective national regulation of data privacy and data security.

Indian media report grave community concerns as RCEP talks open in Hyderabad

India is host to the 19th round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership at Hyderabad this week and next. But Indian society itself is strongly opposed to draft clauses in the RCEP.

The New Indian Express reported on July 19 the fears of Kiran Vissa of the Raithu Swarajya Vedika, farmers’ organisation.