Japan mentioned it must decide if China meets the “extraordinarily excessive requirements” of the Complete and Progressive Settlement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) after the world’s second-biggest financial system formally utilized to affix.
Commerce Minister Wang Wentao submitted China’s software to affix the free commerce settlement in a letter to New Zealand’s commerce minister, Damien O’Connor, the Chinese language ministry mentioned in a press release late on Thursday.
The CPTPP was signed by 11 international locations together with Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan and New Zealand in 2018.
Earlier than that, it was generally known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and seen as an necessary financial counterweight to China’s regional affect.
Japan, the CPTPP’s chair this 12 months, mentioned it’ll seek the advice of with member international locations to answer China’s request, however stopped in need of signalling a timeline for doing so.
“Japan believes that it is necessary to find out whether or not China, which submitted a request to affix the TPP-11, is able to meet its extraordinarily excessive requirements,” Japanese Economic system Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura instructed reporters on Friday.
The TPP was central to former U.S. President Barack Obama’s strategic pivot to Asia however his successor, Donald Trump, withdrew america from the pact in 2017.
Accession to the CPTPP can be a serious enhance for China following the signing of the 15-nation Regional Complete Financial Partnership (RCEP) free commerce settlement final 12 months.
Beijing has lobbied for its inclusion within the pact, together with by highlighting that the Chinese language and Australian economies have monumental potential for cooperation. Nevertheless, relations between the 2 international locations have soured.
In a brand new alliance dubbed AUKUS introduced this week, america and Britain mentioned they may present Australia with the know-how to deploy nuclear-powered submarines, in a transfer seen as aimed toward countering China’s affect within the Pacific.
Zhao Lijian, China’s overseas ministry spokesman, mentioned on Friday that the appliance to affix CPTPP was “utterly unrelated” to AUKUS.
China is pushing for regional integration whereas AUKUS international locations are “selling conflict and destruction,” he added at a briefing in Beijing.
Taiwan, which has additionally been angling to affix the pact, expressed concern about China’s choice to use.
China claims Taiwan as its personal territory and won’t be happy if Taipei is allowed to affix the grouping earlier than Beijing.
Britain in June started negotiations to enter the commerce pact, whereas Thailand has additionally signalled curiosity in becoming a member of it.
Wang and O’Connor held a phone convention to debate the following steps following China’s software, the Chinese language Ministry of Commerce mentioned.
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