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Japan not keen to bring China into the TPP fold

It fears membership would boost Beijing's clout, water down what was meant to be "gold standard" for rules of trade
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 05:50

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Mr Abe touts the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact as a source of growth for the world economy and an engine of domestic economic reform.

Tokyo

JAPAN is cool to the notion of inviting China to join a pan-Pacific trade pact abandoned by US President Donald Trump, fearing that such a step would boost Beijing's clout and water down what was meant to be the "gold standard" for rules of trade.

Nor are government officials

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