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Why U.S. membership in CPTPP makes more sense than ever

Washington risks being locked out and ceding Indo-Pacific influence to China

TOKYO -- As tensions between China and Taiwan rise to the point of potential conflict, their bids to join the CPTPP trade deal will have both economic and security consequences.

If Beijing and Taipei bring their political feud to this venue, it will undermine the bloc's original role of providing transparent and fair trade rules. The dueling applications risk dividing the pact's 11 existing members, ultimately breaking down their united front.

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