Fifteen countries in the Asia-Pacific region agreed to a multilateral trade deal. Signatories include 30% of the world's gross domestic product, based on a figure for worldwide gross domestic product that has yet to catch up to this year's economic destruction which continues. The US was excluded from the pact as they favored pushing a different "Trans Pacific Partnership" which includes terms the US is increasingly outside of a position to request. This follows Monday's armistice between Armenia and Azerbaijan which was supported by Russia without any US involvement either.
India finds themselves outside the pact after participating in most of the negotiations due to ongoing tensions with China. Australia submitted to the new pact despite their own open disputes with China.