The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) aims to achieve greater integration between the ASEAN region and its six free trade agreement (FTA) partners (India, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Korea). The RCEP is the only agreement to include three economies which are among the seven biggest economies of the world—China, Japan and India. The book opens with an introduction to the current status of economic integration and factors that would affect it and looks at key issues like non-tariff barriers, evolving investment regulations in China (in the context of FTAs), connectivity initiatives to integrate the region, rules of origin in the context of value chain integration in selected sectors as well as region-specific aspects of South Asia and South East Asia which would shape the regional economic architecture going forward. With an attempt to cover key imperatives, the book concludes by noting primary impediments to easier trade and investment flows in the region, highlighting possible policy recommendations to improve economic integration.

chapter |2 pages


Deeparghya Mukherjee

part I|48 pages

RCEP, growth corridors in Asia and connectivity

chapter 2|9 pages

Trade and economic integration for South Asia

Exploring corridors and dynamism in Asia 1

chapter 3|16 pages


The key to South Asia’s integration with the Asian region

part II|62 pages

Selected issues in Asian economic integration

chapter 4|18 pages

RCEP and Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs)

Incidence, issues and the Indian perspective

chapter 5|22 pages

The legal issues of RCEP investment rules

A Sino-ASEAN perspective

chapter 6|21 pages

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

Facilitating intra-regional value chains through rules of origin

part III|84 pages

Regional perspectives within Asia

chapter 8|15 pages

ASEAN-5 and its RCEP priorities

Challenges and the way forward

chapter 9|10 pages

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

Prospects and implications for CLMV

chapter 10|15 pages

South Asia’s greater integration in Asia

Looking beyond the RCEP

chapter 11|13 pages

Economic integration in the emergent global landscape

An argument for Asian integration