Now that the US is out, Beijing authorities may be interested in attending TPP talks

The China post
Date: March 12, 2017
By: The China post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China is mulling participation in upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership

In this Feb. 4, 2016 file photo, representatives from 12 countries pose for a photo after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Auckland. (AFP)

(TPP) talks to be held in Chile in the wake of the U.S.’ withdrawal from the agreement, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson has said.

The spokesperson was responding a Reuters report that cited a Chilean official as saying that representatives from 12 countries that formed the TPP, plus China and South Korea, would meet March 14 and 15 for the first time since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the group, effectively killing it in its current form.

“The Chinese side supports economic integration in the Asia-Pacific, and stands ready to enhance communication and coordination with Chile and other relevant countries to build FTAAP (Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific), create an open Asia-Pacific economy and inject new impetus to economic growth in the region and beyond,” the spokesperson, Geng Shuang, said at a regular press conference Friday.

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