The 510-party agreement was not made public before Sunday`s ceremony because „a number of parties would not accept the publication of the text before signing,“ the New Zealand Foreign Ministry said in a statement. RCEP deepens our trade and economic relationship in the Asia-Pacific region, an important part of New Zealand`s trade recovery strategy. The agreement will help ensure that New Zealand is in the best possible condition to recover from the effects of COVID-19 and to seize new export and investment opportunities. The RCEP is expected to bring $186 billion to the global economy and increase New Zealand`s GDP by about $2.0 billion. The agreement aims to reduce tariffs and bureaucracy. It contains uniform rules of origin throughout the bloc, which can facilitate international supply chains and trade within the region.   In addition, some tariffs are prohibited. It does not focus on trade unions, environmental protection or public subsidies.  India and the United States were supposed to be members of the RCEP and CPTPP, but withdrew under the Modi and Trump administration. With the agreements now configured (see Figure 1), they strongly promote intra-Asian integration around China and Japan.
This is partly the result of American policy. The United States needs to rebalance its economic and security strategies to promote not only its economic interests, but also its security objectives. The RCEP countries have agreed to conclude a modern, comprehensive, quality and mutually beneficial agreement. The Heads of State and Government endorsed these guiding principles and objectives („guiding principles“) for the RCEP negotiations when they were launched. Heads of state and government from 15 countries in Asia and the Pacific signed the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement on 15 November 2020, nearly eight years after negotiations on the Trade and Investment Agreement began. The Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed on the sidelines of the Asean conference, which is held mostly online this weekend. We also believe that together, the RCEP and the CPTPP will offset the global losses resulting from the trade war between the United States and China, but not for China and the United States. The new agreements will make the economies of North and Southeast Asia more efficient and combine their strengths in technology, production, agriculture and natural resources. When the RCEP was signed, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang declared it „the victory of multilateralism and free trade.“  Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called it a „great step forward for our region“ and a support for free trade and economic interdependence.  Plus five regional countries with which ASEAN has free trade agreements: the RCEP is not as comprehensive as the comprehensive and progressive agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, another free trade agreement in the region that encompasses some of the same countries.  The RCEP „does not establish uniform employment and environmental standards or require countries to open services and other vulnerable areas of their economies.“  In particular, rcep is the first time that China, Japan and South Korea have come together in a single trade agreement, a process that has otherwise been overshadowed by historical and diplomatic quarrels.