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China blasts Taiwan's bid to join CPTPP trade pact

Taipei accuses Beijing of 'obstructing' island's international presence

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen: Taipei has applied to join the Japan-led CPTTP trade pact, a move that is expected to rile China. 

TAIPEI -- China on Thursday said it "strongly opposes" Taiwan's bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a day after Taipei applied for membership in the 11-country trade bloc.

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