Beijing's bid to join CPTPP likely to encounter headwinds

China's strained ties with members such as Japan and Australia will complicate process

China might have handed in its application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), but politics will bedevil and delay its bid to join the trade pact, trade experts said.

The country faces a challenge in convincing the 11 member states to allow it to join, a lengthy process which could take many months, they said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2021, with the headline 'Beijing's bid to join CPTPP likely to encounter headwinds'. Subscribe