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China's premier makes case for CPTPP bid at Canton Fair

'Doors of liberalization are open,' Li says at top trade show

Premier Li Keqiang delivered a keynote address Thursday for the Canton Fair, China's largest trade show. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami)

GUANGZHOU -- China "can strengthen cooperation in trade through free trade agreements with high standards," Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday in a keynote speech for one of the country's largest trade fair, amid questions about China's application to join the CPTPP.

"We will actively participate in and promote" deals like the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, Li said at the opening ceremony for the China Import and Export Fair. Also known as the Canton Fair, the event is attended by overseas suppliers and traders and runs from Friday to Tuesday.

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