Taiwan says ‘risk’ to its Trans-Pacific trade pact bid if China joins first

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By Ben Blanchard and Yimou Lee TAIPEI (Reuters) -There is a “risk” to Taiwan’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) if China joins first, Taiwan’s government said on Thursday, flagging a potential political roadblock. Taiwan formally applied to join on Wednesday, less than a week after China, the world’s second largest economy. Taiwan is excluded from many international bodies because of China’s insistence that it is part of “one-China” rather than a separate country. Taiwan’s chief trade negotiator John Deng told reporters that …

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