Rival China and Taiwan applications to CPTPP

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership was designed to create a large-scale economic zone along the Pacific Rim as an alternative to the Chinese trade regime. Both China and Taiwan’s surprising applications to the CPTPP are rattling members of the 11-nation trade bloc and could jeopardize its future.

While Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi warmly welcomed Taiwan’s bid, Singapore and Malaysia have remained silent on Taipei’s application. Also, the mega partnership still lacks a big name: the U.S.

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