Fred Rocafort in The Morning Dispatch

“It is a clear win for all signatories. What it delivers in real terms remains to be seen, of course, but it is reasonable to expect it will drive significant growth at least between some member-country pairs,” Fred Rocafort, a legal expert on China and a former diplomat, told The Dispatch. “Because of the need to accommodate widely divergent interests, the RCEP is not as far-reaching as some other trade deals, but the fact some form of agreement was reached is itself remarkable.”