Japan ratifies world’s largest free trade deal - Global Times

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(April 28): Japan on Wednesday approved the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) following the pace of China, Singapore and Thailand, making a further step for the implementation of the pact on January 1, 2022, Global Times reported.

Japan’s parliament approved the world’s largest free trade deal, signed by 15 Asia-Pacific countries including China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Kyodo News reported.

By Wednesday, China, Singapore and Thailand have completed procedures for ratification. All members of the RCEP are planning to ratify the agreement before the end of this year and push for it to become effective on January 1, 2022.