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Uruguay applies to join CPTPP in bid for Asian export boost

South American nation also seeking free trade deal with China

Uruguay aims to increase exports of beef and other farm products to Asian markets.   © Reuters

SAO PAULO -- Uruguay has applied for membership in the 11-nation Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, in the South American country's latest bid to do more trade with Asia.

Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou said Thursday in a Twitter post that his country's application had been submitted in New Zealand, which serves as depositary for the trade and investment agreement's documents.

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