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UK aims to gain TPP entry in 2022: trade secretary

Liz Truss says China still far from qualifying for Pacific trade pact

Among Conservatives, British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss enjoys one of the highest approval ratings in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's cabinet.   © Reuters

LONDON -- The U.K. wants to secure a place in the 11-member Trans-Pacific trade bloc, known as CPTTP, by the end of 2022, British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss told Nikkei, as the nation seeks economic opportunities after its exit from the European Union.

"I anticipate [the timeline] will be months rather than years," Truss said of the trade pact negotiations, which formally began Tuesday.

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