China vows to keep Taiwan out of Pacific Rim trade group – 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. Beijing said Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, that it will block Taiwan’s application to join a Pacific Rim trade initiative, citing as its reason the island’s refusal to concede that it is a part of China.