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Asia Pacific nations sign world’s biggest trade deal

A screen grab taken from Vietnam Host Broadcaster’s live video on Sunday shows Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (left) standing next to Minister of Commerce Jurin Laksanawisit as he holds up the agreement during the signing ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the Asean summit that is being held online in Hanoi. (Photo by Handout / VIETNAM HOST BROADCASTER / AFP)

Asia Pacific nations including Thailand, China, Japan and South Korea on Sunday signed the world’s largest regional free-trade agreement, encompassing nearly a third of the world’s population and gross domestic product.

Top officials from 15 nations that also include Australia, New Zealand and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations inked the Regional Comprehensive Economic…

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