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Singapore's Former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong says Asia is "well-placed" to champion free trade.

Japan should invite China to join TPP, Singapore's Goh says

City-state's former leader calls on Asia to 'stand up for free and fair trade'

MAYUKO TANI, Nikkei staff writer | China

TOKYO -- It is up to Japan and China to drive free trade and economic integration in Asia, and they have to do it "in tandem, not as rivals," Goh Chok Tong, Singapore's former prime minister, said on Monday. On the Trans-Pacific Partnership, specifically, Goh called on Japan to take the lead and open the door for China to eventually join the pact. 

Speaking at Nikkei Inc.'s Future of Asia conference in Tokyo, Goh warned that the growing sentiment against economic integration in the West is "not in Asia's interest."

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