Taiwan jostling with China to join coveted Pacific trade pact amid surging tensions

But the TPP was thrown into limbo in early 2017 when then-US President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact.

Taiwan had eyes on a seat at the table and was making “preparation for talks” reports Reuters.

Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng said they had informed the CPTPP’s members of their decision to apply to seek their support.

“Applying to join the CPTPP is an important economic and trade policy that the government has worked hard to promote for a long time,” Lo said in a statement.

Last week, Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua expressed concern about China’s “sudden” decision to apply to join CPTPP, and said she hoped it did not affect the island’s own application.

She said several Chinese policies ran contrary to the principles of a free economy, as requested by the CPTPP.

China may not be able to reach the “high standards” of the CPTPP, she said.

“They also have friction with some CPTPP member states.

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The island is nonetheless a member of the World Trade Organization and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) grouping.

The CPTPP’s commission will have to study the requests of China, Taiwan and also the UK who applied to join the agreement in February 2021.

The grouping currently links Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

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