Tough task for China as it navigates geopolitical tensions in CPTPP bid

China faces a challenge in convincing the trade pact's 11 member states to allow it to join, experts said. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING - 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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