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USA/Trade Policy/Indo Pacific/CPTPP – Reconciling the rhetoric and reality of Biden’s trade policy (Shihoko Goto, East Asia Forum)

Even as the Biden administration continues to tout cooperating with allies to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific, the United States is unlikely to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) anytime soon.

Reconciling the rhetoric and reality of Biden’s trade policy | East Asia Forum

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(China/CPTPP) The complexities of China’s CPTPP entry (East Asia Forum)

Choong Yong Ahn, Chung-Ang University

Chinese President Xi Jinping made global headlines at the APEC summit on 20 November 2020 by announcing that China was considering joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which came into effect in December 2018. The news came amid a likely reconfiguration of the Asia Pacific trade landscape due to unabated trade tensions between the United States and China and the conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) five days prior.

The complexities of China’s CPTPP entry

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(UK/CPTPP) Why Joining the CPTPP Is a Smart Move for the UK (Chatham House)

Hiroshi Matsuura

Joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will set or renew the UK’s trade terms with 11 trading partners in just one negotiation, but its significance goes beyond strict trade interests.

https://www.chathamhouse.org/2021/03/why-joining-cptpp-smart-move-uk

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(China/CPTPP) Japanese economist looking forward to China’s participation in CPTPP (Global Times)

Wang Bozun  and Xing xiaojing
As the government work report delivered by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during this year’s two sessions on Friday mentioned “joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP),” a Japanese economist told the Global Times that he is looking forward to China’s participation in the regional trade pact.
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1217499.shtml
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(CPTPP) Expanding the CPTPP: A form guide to prospective members (The Interpreter)

HAYLEY CHANNER, JEFFREY WILSON

In February, the United Kingdom became the first nation to formally apply to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the 11 country free trade deal spanning Asia and the Pacific.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/expanding-cptpp-form-guide-prospective-members

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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

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(CPTPP) CPTPP expansion conducive to regional economic integration (Global Times)

As one of the major free trade blocs in the world, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is about to see a new applicant – the UK which just exited from EU. Taking in more members will strengthen the deal’s reach, accelerate economic and trade integration, as well as contribute to the reshaping of the global trade order.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202101/1213561.shtml