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CPTPP members must be wary of China's attempt to join trade pact

Deeper trade and investment ties with Beijing are a double-edged sword

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China's economic weight exceeds that of all the existing CPTPP members put together.   © Reuters

Kristen Hopewell is the Canada research chair in global policy at the University of British Columbia and the author of "Clash of Powers: US-China Rivalry in Global Trade Governance."

China announced last month that it had officially applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), one of the world's mega-regional trade agreements.

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