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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao is seen at a State Council Information Office news conference, Beijing (China), February 24, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has filed an application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive (NYSE:) Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the country’s commerce ministry said on Thursday.

Australia was one of 11 countries that signed the 2018 regional trade pact.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce stated that Wang Wentao, China’s Commerce Minister, submitted the request to Damien O’Connor (New Zealand’s Trade Minister) in writing.

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