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(China) ‘Driving the blade inwards’: Why China may join the CPTPP (Chen Kang, Think China)

China’s willingness to consider joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is perhaps an admission that emphasising free trade but ignoring fair trade is no longer sustainable. Even sacred cows such as its state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and insistence on the WTO platform for multilateral trade negotiations may be up for discussion. On a practical level, the CPTPP may just be the external push it needs to force its SOEs to reform.

https://www.thinkchina.sg/driving-blade-inwards-why-china-may-join-cptpp