Asean has no reason to stop Hong Kong joining world’s biggest free-trade pact, says director of bloc’s secretariat

Asean has no reason to stand in the way of Hong Kong joining the world’s biggest free-trade deal, according to a director of the bloc’s secretariat who says accession will improve the flow of goods and services in the region.Hong Kong officials have expressed strong interest in signing up to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), an agreement removing trade barriers among 15 countries including China and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.Speaking in a…

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