China announced on Thursday that it has formally applied to join a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned four years ago by the US. Photo: Xinhua China announced on Thursday that it has formally applied to join a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned four years ago by the US. Photo: Xinhua
China announced on Thursday that it has formally applied to join a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned four years ago by the US. Photo: Xinhua

China’s bid to join Pacific Rim trade pact heaps pressure on US to step up regional economic strategy

  • China has cited its commitment to regional integration as being behind its application to join the 11-member trade deal
  • Analysts say the move gives Beijing some geopolitical leverage and highlights ‘America’s lack of a trade strategy’ in the Asia-Pacific

China announced on Thursday that it has formally applied to join a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned four years ago by the US. Photo: Xinhua China announced on Thursday that it has formally applied to join a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned four years ago by the US. Photo: Xinhua
China announced on Thursday that it has formally applied to join a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned four years ago by the US. Photo: Xinhua
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