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Indo-Pacific

Japan foreign minister calls for U.S. to join CPTPP

U.S. interim envoy to Tokyo supports Taiwan's entry into the trade pact

Japan Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi speaks in a video message recorded for an event in Tokyo on Oct. 23, saying it is important to encourage China to fulfill its responsibilities as a major power.

TOKYO -- Japan's foreign minister called for the U.S. to support stability in the Indo-Pacific region by joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), following China's recent move to enter the trade pact.

"It's important for the U.S. to be engaged in creating regional economic order, including by returning to [the negotiating table for] the TPP," Toshimitsu Motegi said in a video message shown on Saturday at the Mount Fuji Dialogue, an event hosted by the Japan Center for Economic Research and the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

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