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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.

"There is only one China in this world, and Taiwan can not be separated from China. We strongly oppose Taiwan's participation in any official agreement or organization. China's stance on this is very clear," Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters.

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