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CPTPP to discuss Taiwan, China joining trade pact

Taipei Times | 16 July 2023

CPTPP to discuss Taiwan, China joining trade pact

NO CONSENSUS : Some member nations support reviewing applications on a first-come-first-served basis, while others say they can be looked at simultaneously.

Members of a major trans-Pacific trade pact meeting in Auckland today are set to discuss applications by Taiwan and China to join the group, proposals that have deepened the rancor among the neighbors and divided the opinions of member nations.

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is also expected to finalize Britain’s membership at the gathering.

China beat Taiwan to apply to join the group by less that a week in 2021, but both applications have been on hold while the British application has been worked through.

 source: Taipei Times