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Can the CPTPP change China, or will China change it?

Members should negotiate prudently and stand firmly behind pact's standards

Lines of trucks are seen at a container terminal at Ningbo Zhoushan port in Zhejiang province, China, on Aug. 15.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China's request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade pact has divided observers between those who see it as a valuable opportunity to encourage economic reform, and those, including this reporter, who believe that members should proceed with caution.

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