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, South Korea, Japan and the ten-member countries of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). The proposed RCEP would cover 2.2 billion people. India left the negotiations in November 2019, but may re-join before it is signed in 2020.

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, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the 10 ASEAN countries, which represent 2.2 billion people. India left the negotiations in November 2019, but may re-join before it is signed in 2020.

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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Women’s rights advocates warn of RCEP risks

November 20, 2019: Kate Lappin, Asia Pacific Regional Secretary of Public Services International, and Michelle Higelin, Executive Director of ActionAid Australia, have warned of the danger that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement (RECP) poses to the 1.1 billion women living in RCEP member countries, arguing that “a gender equitable trade policy is possible. But it would look nothing like the RCEP.”

Economist decodes India’s decision to withdraw from the RCEP

November 11, 2019: Professor Biswajit Dhar from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi has analysed the Indian government’s decision to withdraw from the RCEP. Highlighting the ongoing disagreement between India and other RCEP countries on market access provisions, the protection and promotion of foreign investment and e-commerce provisions as central to India’s decision to withdraw from the negotiations.

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