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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

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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.

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