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China courts Vietnam and Malaysia for support on CPTPP bid

Outreach to ASEAN members key to groundwork for trade negotiations

Four of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' members -- Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei -- belong to the CPTPP trade pact.   © AP

BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's ASEAN summit offered China another opportunity to chip away at any opposition to its bid to join the CPTPP trade pact in a region that is home to four of its members.

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