"If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy"
What is going on: China launched an extraordinary attack on the Australian government in a deliberately leaked document. In the file Beijing accuses Canberra of poisoning bilateral relations.
Not hyped up:
In short: Even as RCEP is perceived by some as mostly a symbolic first step, it does offer a base for cooperation and integration. Australia gets improved access to 14 other economies, not just China but also rising tigers like the member states of ASEAN. Tense relations with China will be a major obstacle moving ahead but is definitively not he whole story of RCEP.
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