Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Sign the PETITION to the Senate against damaging clauses in RCEP

The RCEP is a massive trade deal being negotiated in secret between Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Korea, Japan and the ten-member countries of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). The proposed RCEP would cover half the world's population.

We need to tell all political parties in the Senate not to agree to damaging clauses in the negotiations.

Sign the PETITION to the Senate against damaging clauses in the proposed RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) and in favour of enforceable workers' rights and environmental standards.

You can print a hard copy of the Petition here, and donate to the campiagn here.

See more information, including a short printable flyer, here, and a longer explainer here. 

The RCEP: bigger and more secretive than the TPP

The  TPP-12 corporate agenda faced opposition in most TPP countries, especially the US, where there was bipartisan opposition leading to the US withdrawal in 2017. But the Japanese and  Australian governments led the push to resurrect the TPP-11 and are pushing to repeat the same  model in other trade agreements.

Next in line is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP),  This is being  negotiated between China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the 10 ASEAN,  countries which represent half of the world's population. 

Could the RCEP be worse than the TPP? Check out our short flyer here and our longer explainer here.

Learn more about the key issues in the RCEP:

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RCEP Ministers fail to agree and on key provisions, negotiations to continue until October 22

October 15, 2019: Chief negotiators are continuing to meet in Bangkok this week after last week’s RCEP Ministers’ meeting, intended to finalise the negotiations, failed to reach agreement on key provisions. Governments still say they are working to complete the agreement by the end of the year, but final agreement is proving difficult to achieve.

Op-ed: Suddenly, the world’s biggest trade agreement won’t allow corporations to sue governments

September 17, 2019: AFTINET Convener, Dr Pat Ranald, has published an op-ed in the Conversation today about progress in RCEP negotiations after Malaysia’s trade minister Datuk Darell Leiking revealed that Malaysia and each of the other 15 parties to the RCEP negotiations had agreed to exclude ISDS provisions from the deal.

Indian Minister absent from RCEP meeting as tariff tensions unresolved

August 1, 2019:  Business Today of India reports that India’s Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal is not attending the RCEP ministerial meeting being held in Beijing today and tomorrow, but will be represented by a more junior official. The RCEP negotiations include China, India, Japan, South Korea, the 10 ASEAN countries, Australia and New Zealand.

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