AIG Global Trade Series 2021 Podcast Episode 3

Trade and the Indo-Pacific: CPTPP, BRI & RCEP


RCEP and CPTPP will redefine trade integration across Asia. Although the pandemic has exposed the strength of protectionist reflexes around the globe, these two major multilateral free trade agreements act as a powerful counterargument to suggestions of a deglobalized ‘new normal’.

The AIG Global Trade Series 2021 is a series of podcasts analysing the complex interplay of factors shaping the global trade system. The Global Trade Series is a collaboration between AIG and the following international organizations with leading expertise on global trade: Georgetown Law, Institute of International Economic Law; Chatham House; the Clingendael Institute; the International Chamber of Commerce UK and France; the Delors Institute; the Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry, IAA; and the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Knowledge Partner).


  • Date: May 20, 2021


  • Vasuki Shastry, Associate Fellow, Asia Pacific Programme, Chatham House
  • Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre
  • Tetsuya Watanabe, Vice President, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)


  • Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute