New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

China applies to join Pacific trade pact


China has applied to join an 11nation Asia-Pacific free trade group in an effort to increase its influence over internatio­nal policies. The Commerce Ministry said Beijing submitted an applicatio­n to New Zealand, which acts as a representa­tive of the Comprehens­ive and Progressiv­e Agreement for TransPacif­ic Partnershi­p. The CPTPP previously was known as the TransPacif­ic Partnershi­p. It was promoted by then-President Barack Obama as part of Washington’s increased emphasis on relations with Asia. Obama’s successor, Donald Trump, pulled out of the group in 2017.

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