China’s bid to join Pacific Rim trade pact heaps pressure on US to step up regional economic strategy

Published Sep 17 2021 at 8:30 PM GMT
  • China has denied its long-awaited application to join a mega Pacific Rim trade pact was timed to counter the “Aukus” security pact between the US, Britain and Australia, reaffirming its intentions to promote economic cooperation while slamming the military alliance as “destructive”.On Friday, Beijing said it had signalled nearly a year ago its eagerness to join Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – which was abandoned by the US – and had over the past….



  • Published Sep 17, 2021 8:30 PM GMT