Asian countries are embracing free trade as the U.S. backs away, with Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam all publicly announcing their intention to pursue the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the China-led alternative to the apparently dead Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Though Trump has promised bilateral agreements and countries like New Zealand appear interested, China’s foreign ministry aims to “achieve early results” with the RCEP.
Xi Jinping calls for absolute loyalty ahead of high-level Communist Party gathering where the key theme is discipline
More than 300 top officials will meet in Beijing for four days this week for a Communist Party plenum that will kick off a critical year for China's leadership, culminating with the 2017 party congress.
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