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China says trade pact application unrelated to new US, UK and Australia alliance By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: A Chinese national flag was seen in Beijing, China on April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday that China’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive (NYSE:) Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is totally unrelated to a recently formed Indo-Pacific security alliance.

The AUKUS agreement, in which the United States of America and Britain provide Australia the technology and capabilities to launch nuclear-powered submarines will be called.

China claimed on Thursday that they had submitted a request to be incorporated into the CPTPP Trade pact. This agreement was canceled by the Trump administration in 2017.

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