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China vows to keep Taiwan out of Pacific Rim trade group | Source: Mail Online

Beijing said it will block Taiwan´s application to join a Pacific Rim trade initiative, citing as its reason the island’s refusal to concede that it is a part of China. Taiwan announced on Sept. 23 that it had applied join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, a week after China submitted its own application to join.

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China blasts Taiwan’s bid to join CPTPP trade pact | Source: Asia Nikkei

China said it “strongly opposes” Taiwan’s bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a day after Taipei applied for membership in the 11-country trade bloc. Taiwan’s application to join the CPTPP is widely expected to irk Beijing, which views the democratically governed island as part of its territory and has not ruled out seizing it by force. Taiwan has been in close communication with Japan, which has played a critical role as leader in the trade pact after the U.S. withdrew from it in 2017.

Source: Asia Nikkei


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