China submitted a formal application to join the CPTPP in September last year.
Photo: AFP
China submitted a formal application to join the CPTPP in September last year. Photo: AFP

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What is the CPTPP and why is China eager to join?

  • China submitted a formal application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in September last year
  • Beijing says its application is consistent with efforts to reform and open up the economy, but it is unclear whether China can meet the trade pact’s standards

China submitted a formal application to join the CPTPP in September last year.
Photo: AFP
China submitted a formal application to join the CPTPP in September last year. Photo: AFP
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