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China's TPP ambition puts Japan in a bind: expert

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Without the U.S., China would be the biggest economy in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, if accepted as a member.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Japan will face a conundrum if China makes an official request to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as the U.S. will absolutely oppose such a trade framework, Jia Qingguo, an international relations expert, told Nikkei. 

Calls are growing within China "to quickly join the TPP-11 to be part of rule-making because that would benefit China in the long term," said Jia, a professor at the Peking University School of International Studies, referring to the 11-member trade block formally known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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