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India's return to RCEP is in everyone's interests

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  • August 26, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Jagannath Panda's piece ‘India's return to RCEP is in everyone's interests’, has been published by Nikkei Asian Review on August 26, 2020.

    The piece argues that though the hope of India returning to RCEP has not entirely faded, and Vietnam, the current ASEAN chair, wants to act as a ‘bridge with India’, ASEAN members need to figure out the prospects for RCEP in a post-COVID world. For now, the focus on building alternative supply chain networks, and the recovery of regional economic fortunes are gaining momentum. Anything they can do to bring India back is smart: it is not just in New Delhi's interest to rejoin but that of the whole bloc.

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