Sam Bresnick

Sam Bresnick is a writer and editor based in Beijing. Follow him on Twitter: @sambresnick

 

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Narendra Modi’s Free-Trade Dilemma

Against China’s growing power, India must decide whether to forge ties that would expand its regional influence or concentrate on economic development at home.

As the United States and China continue their trade war, Beijing has turned its attention to wrapping up the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a massive free-trade deal that would integrate the largest economies in the Asia-Pacific region. The deal is an underreported example of China’s geopolitical and geo-economic expansion, and it is forcing India to ask tough questions about its stance on free trade and industrial policy. Delhi must decide whether to go ahead with the domestically unpopular deal or back out altogether, potentially forgoing a chance to build its influence in Asian economic and security affairs. In the face of Trump’s one-man teardown of the international trade regime, all ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, are racing to conclude RCEP with the hope that it will stabilize the global trading order. The most recent negotiations wrapped...