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New Japan PM Kishida skeptical China will qualify to join CPTPP

Leader calls for stronger missile defense in first news conference

Japan's newly-elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo Oct. 4. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed skepticism about China's qualification to join the CPTPP trade pact at his first press conference Monday, noting the bloc's tough free trade requirements.

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