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'No special treatment' for China's CPTPP bid: Mexican trade official

Undersecretary de la Mora says Beijing's application will face necessary screening

Mining equipment at the Cananea copper mine in Mexico. Copper is high on the list of Mexican exports to China.   © Reuters

MEXICO CITY -- Members of the CPTPP trade pact will not bend the rules to admit China, a senior Mexican trade official told Nikkei, putting a less-positive spin on Beijing's application than a reported comment by Mexico's foreign secretary.

"We want to make sure that we maintain the standard, or that we improve the standard, but we'll have no exceptions, no carve-outs, no transitions, no special treatments," said Luz Maria de la Mora, undersecretary for foreign trade, in an interview Monday.

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