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Chinese mainland firmly opposes Taiwan joining CPTPP: says spokesperson (Global Times)

A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday reiterated the mainland’s firm opposition against Taiwan joining or signing any official free trade arrangements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Chinese mainland firmly opposes Taiwan joining CPTPP: says spokesperson – Global Times  

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The CPTPP isn’t just a trade deal for Taiwan, it’s a survival plan (Shihoko Goto, East Asia Forum)

When Taiwan made its bid to join the CPTPP in September, a week after China officially declared its interest in joining, there was speculation about the implications of the timing. Taipei could not afford to wait to request entry once Beijing got in the game. Yet the CPTPP is at the heart of mapping out Taiwan’s long-term […]

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China’s accession is a crucial test for CPTPP development (Global Times)

Some people say that gaining access to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will be a major test for China, but vice versa, accepting China will also be a significant test for the CPTPP as to whether the free trade treaty could cover a colossal consumption market. GT Voice: China’s accession is […]

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China and the United States can play a positive-sum game on the CPTPP (Cai Penghong, East Asia Forum)

China’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is prompting domestic and international discussion. People are asking questions about Beijing’s motivations, the obstacles China must overcome before ascension and the entry requirements it must meet to gain membership. China and the United States can play a positive-sum game on the […]

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The Latin American element in China’s CPTPP bid (Juan J Palacios, East Asia Forum)

China’s bid for membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a multifaceted move. An overlooked aspect of it is the fact that the CPTPP is the first major free trade agreement established on a trans-Pacific scale and that three of its four members on the eastern side of the Pacific […]

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US economic statecraft adrift as China seeks to join mega Asian trade deal (Joshua P. Meltzer, Brookings)

China’s decision to formally seek to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the world’s most important Asian trade deal, presents the U.S. with an enormous set of economic and diplomatic challenges. China joining CPTPP would deal a significant blow to U.S. economic statecraft and further strengthen Chinese leadership in the Indo-Pacific. Taiwan’s recent […]

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China moves to join the CPTPP, but don’t expect a fast pass (Mireya Solís, Brookings)

On September 16, China formally submitted a request to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement. This was not surprising news, but it was still big news. The CPTPP is the survivor to the American exit from the original Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the behest of former U.S. President Donald Trump. […]

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Geopolitics behind opposition to China’s CPTPP bid (Li Haidong, Global Times)

Illustration: Tang Tengfei/Global Times China’s recent application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has received a negative response from the US, which had originally pushed the free trade treaty as a way to exclude China during the Obama era before abruptly withdrawing from the deal in the early days of […]

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Malaysia and Singapore welcome China’s interest in entering the CPTPP (Global Times)

CPTPP Photo: VCG The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of Malaysia said it is looking forward to welcome China in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), three days after Beijing announced its official application to the regional pact. Malaysia and Singapore welcome China’s interest in entering the CPTPP – Global […]

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China’s bid to join Pacific trade pact a strategic opportunity for Canberra (Shiro Armstrong, East Asia Forum)

China has applied to join the 11 member Asia Pacific trade pact that includes Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore, all of whom have a veto on new membership. Australia and other members can help lock China into new rules and reforms that entrench the market and constrain behaviour. China’s trade coercion against Australia should be […]

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AUKUS and the CPTPP: It’s all about China (Ian Hill, The Interpreter)

China’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) just hours after announcement of the new tripartite AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and United States) security partnership may – or may not – have been coincidental. Regardless, both events illustrate the rapidly shifting geostrategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region. AUKUS is a momentous agreement – for […]

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China’s CPTPP application has nothing to do with AUKUS: Foreign Ministry (Global Times)

Photo:VCG China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday said that China’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has nothing to do with a newly formed defense pact among the US, the UK and Australia, but stressed that China is promoting economic cooperation, while the US is pushing for war. China’s CPTPP […]