China applies to join Pacific trade pact abandoned by Trump – Maryville Daily Times

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FILE – In this May 16, 2019, file photo, from left, Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh, Singapore’s Industry and Trade Minister Chan Chun Sing, Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification James Carr, Chilean Foreign Minister Fernando Ampuero, Chilean Deputy Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yanez, Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kiyoto Tsuji, New Zealand’s Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker, and Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Akimasa Ishikawa, wave as they pose for the group photo after a meeting of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, CP TPP, in Santiago, Chile. China has applied to join an 11-nation Asia-Pacific free trade group in an effort to increase its influence over international policies.