Japan indicates efforts to address India's concerns about RCEP

NEW DELHI: Japan on Sunday gave clear indications that efforts were being made for India to join the ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Association (RCEP), saying that all the member countries of the group pledged to address the concerns of New Delhi.

After years of negotiations, India withdrew last month from the RCEP proposed by unresolved central concerns at a summit meeting of the participating countries, saying that the proposed pact in its current form would have an adverse impact on lives and livelihoods Of all the Indians.

A spokesman for the Japanese government said the prime minister Narendra Modi He explained India's position on the RCEP during a meeting with the Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and defense minister Taro Kono on Saturday.

At the meeting, Japanese ministers explained Tokyo's views on the matter, deputy press secretary at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Atsushi Kaifu, said when referring to a statement issued by the RCEP countries in Bangkok on November 4th.

The two Japanese ministers were here to attend the first edition of the Indo-Japan ministerial defense and foreign affairs dialogue.

When asked if efforts are being made to address India's concerns and if Japan hoped that New Delhi would join the group, Kaifu said the RCEP statement mentions that all negotiating countries will work together to solve the problems. slopes.

It was mentioned that efforts will be made to address India's concerns, he said when asked if subsequent channel talks are underway to convince New Delhi to join the RCEP.

Negotiations for the proposed free trade agreement included 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and six of the dialogue partners of the block: China, Japan, India and New Zealand.

In its statement, 15 participating RCEP countries said they concluded text-based negotiations for the 20 chapters and that the agreement could be signed early next year.

At the RCEP summit in Bangkok, Modi conveyed India's decision not to join the RCEP agreement at a summit meeting of the 16-nation bloc, effectively destroying its goal of creating the world's largest free trade area with half of the The world population.