Taiwan questions China’s suitability for Pacific trade pact, fears ‘obstruction’

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By Ben Blanchard, Yimou Lee and Jeanny Kao TAIPEI (Reuters) – China’s restrictive practices present fundamental problems for its application to join a major pan-Pacific free trade pact, and if it joins before Taiwan there is a risk it could block their application, the island’s economy minister said. Taiwan and China both applied last month to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), but China says it opposes Taiwan – which it claims as its own territory – joining. “If China enters first, certainly there is a risk of them obstructing Taiwan,” Taiw…

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