A labourer works at a textile mill in Huaibei, Anhui province (REUTERS/china).
TPP and RCEP: Competing or Complementary Models of Economic Integration?
February 11, 2014
On February 11, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted a public seminar to discuss the multifaceted set of economic, political and security implications generated by the coexistence of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in the Asia-Pacific region. Experts from the United States and East Asia explored the extent to which these two trade blocs differ; the role that countries with dual membership can play in facilitating the adoption of compatible rules; the chances that China may eventually seek membership in the TPP; and the challenges and opportunities for merging these two trade groupings in the Asia-Pacific.