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PHNOM PENH : Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and their six regional free-trade partners officially kicked off negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) yesterday. 

The meeting between the regional grouping and the leaders of Australia, China, India, South Korea, Japan and New Zealand underscored the 21st Asean Summit and Related Summits in Cambodia.

The RCEP was first discussed at the 19th Asean Summit in November last year, when leaders of the 10 Asean member states adopted the framework for the RCEP, which sets out the general principles for broadening and deepening Asean's engagement with its free trade agreement partners.

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