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Moon raises prospect of South Korea joining TPP trade pact

President looks to strike balance after RCEP deal with China

SEOUL -- South Korea will consider joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, President Moon Jae-in said in a speech Tuesday, just weeks after his country signed a deal to create a massive China-led trade bloc.

The government "will continue to review" membership in the 11-nation TPP, Moon said during the annual Trade Day address. Local media say this was the first time that Moon mentioned the multilateral pact, which includes Japan, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

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