China could join massive Asia-Pacific trade deal abandoned by US

Japan may expand

Japan may expand a major regional free trade pact to include China. Known as the CPTPP, the accord includes 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific that decided to keep their markets open after the US switched to protectionist policies.

“Japan will aspire for the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific through the early conclusion of the RCEP agreement and the steady implementation and expansion of the CPTPP as next year’s chair,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said before the APEC summit on Friday.

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