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China-backed trade pact playing catch-up after US-led TPP deal

16 RCEP countries to present their offers for market opening when they meet in South Korea on Monday


LEFT out of the US-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact struck last week, China and India will approach this week's talks for a huge Asia-wide equivalent with fresh urgency, lest competitor nations steal a march on export access.

Beijing is a key driver of the