US President Donald Trump holds up an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Photo: Bloomberg
Tom Holland
Opinion

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Abacus by Tom Holland

Why talk of a Chinese-led free-trade bloc is ill-conceived fantasy

In order to entice neighbouring countries into a new pact, Beijing would have to open up its markets in ways that would make it uncomfortable

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US President Donald Trump holds up an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Photo: Bloomberg
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