China applies to join trans-Pacific trade pact
26 September 2021 | 6:24 pm
Beijing has applied to join a free trade agreement, once called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which had been originally designed to counter Chinese economic clout. Now, China sees economic opportunity.
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