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RCEP likely to be signed in November next year

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 16 (UNI) The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which involves 16 countries, is expected to be signed in November 2018 during the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summit in Singapore.
RCEP negotiations have already missed two deadlines.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the leaders, who met for the first time during the RCEP Summit in Manila on Tuesday, agreed to undertake intensive negotiations to seek a consensus and reduce the gap, with a new target of November 2018.
"So far 20 rounds of negotiations and nine meetings at the ministerial levels have been held," he told Malaysian journalists, reports Bernama news agency.
If realised, the free trade agreement between the 10 ASEAN members and their six dialogue partners -- Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea - will create the world's largest trading bloc, covering nearly a third of the global economy.
It was officially launched at the 2012 ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Najib said ASEAN leaders noted that there were several issues regarding market access modality in the tariffs, services sector, investments and regulations which were unresolved which affected the negotiation process.
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British envoy to China during Tiananmen killings dies

21 Jul 2018 | 4:31 PM

London, July 21 (UNI) Sir Alan Donald, the British ambassador to China at the time of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 and who also played a critical role in the Hong Kong handover, has died at the age of 87, according to the media reports.

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China wants to replace US as superpower, says CIA official

21 Jul 2018 | 4:22 PM

New York, July 21 (UNI) The goal of China's influence operations around the world is to replace the United States as the world's leading superpower, the CIA's Michael Collins has said.

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NY Saibaba Temple unveils major events during centennial

21 Jul 2018 | 4:11 PM

New York, July 21 (UNI) The first house of worship for Shirdi Saibaba in America will hold a series of programmes to mark Guru Purnima and the Maha Samadhi centennial.

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Refugee health services on track, says UN agency

Refugee health services on track, says UN agency

21 Jul 2018 | 3:22 PM

United Nations, July 21 (UNI) Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said; although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern.

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At least 31 climbers stand atop Mt K2 in single day

At least 31 climbers stand atop Mt K2 in single day

21 Jul 2018 | 3:04 PM

Kathmandu, July 21 (UNI) The world’s second highest mountain has witnessed a record crowd of climbers standing on its summit in a single day after at least 31 climbers successfully climbed Mt K2 (8,611 m) - located in Gilgit–Baltistan - Saturday morning.

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