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China, Asia-Pacific countries sign deal to form world's biggest trading bloc

The China-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership forms the world’s largest trading bloc.
Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh attend the signing ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the ASEAN summit held online in Hanoi on Nov. 15, 2020.
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Obama goes to Laos, a potential economic ally

Sep 5, 2016
It's the first visit of a sitting U.S. president to the landlocked nation
Obama is in town for the 28th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hosted in Laos. 
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