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US must take seriously China's interest in Pacific trade pact

Beijing sees CPTPP as way to reduce reliance on America during trade war

| China

Wendy Cutler is vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Given the focus on the Hong Kong national security law, the international community paid little attention to the statement by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at last week's National People's Congress that China "has a positive and open attitude toward joining CPTPP." The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement involving 11 countries including Australia, Canada, Vietnam and Japan.

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