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Beijing launches the Asia-Pacific as the world’s largest free trade area

China has within days of signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), set plans to engage in trade visits to Seoul and Tokyo, and has revisited the possibility of China’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This partnership which was once promoted by Obama and then subsequently derided and blocked by Trump. In addition, China’s ventures into Africa brings with it proposals for a new Free Trade Zone in Africa.