The proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, known as RCEP. RCEP is a massive proposed trade agreement, some see as a rival or alternative to the TransPacific Partnership (TPP). The RCEP currently involves the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, plus six other countries: Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.
Collectively these sixteen countries have a population of 3,558,621,334 in 2016, which was 48 percent of the world population of 7,442,135,578, according to the World Bank.
The Gross National Income of the 16 countries was 30 percent of global GNI in 2015.
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Below are links to several versions of the negotiating texts for intellectual property and investment that have been make public by KEI.
- 2014 Oct 10: ASEAN proposals for RECP IP CHapter, also India
- 2014 Oct 3 version: Korea proposal for RECP IP Chapter (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership)
- 2014 Oct 3 version: Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Japan IPR proposals, RCEP
- 2015 Oct 15 version: RCEP IP Chapter
- 2015 Oct 16 version: RCEP draft text for investment chapter
- 2017: Three documents leaked from RCEP negotiations, relating to investment, competition and services