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Singapore backs Beijing's CPTPP bid, Chinese ministry says

Xi wants RCEP to enter into force as scheduled

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong by phone on Oct. 15.   © Reuters

BEIJING/SINGAPORE -- Singapore has welcomed China's application to join the CPTPP trade agreement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Chinese President Xi Jinping in a call that day that Singapore "welcomes and supports" China's application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, "which will benefit the prosperity and development of the region," a Chinese statement said.

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