Jacinda Ardern kowtows to China on TPP trade pact

China has officially sought to join the 11 member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It is also agitating against Taiwan’s inclusion in the pact.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia representative Elliott Charng told a parliamentary inquiry in Canberra last month that Taiwan’s membership of the CPTPP would be of mutual benefit, and requested Australia’s support to enter the pact.

Charng said Australia was already Taiwan’s third-largest source of wheat, barley, beef and meat products and admission to the trade pact would further strengthen trade.

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