Taiwan faces a tough battle China strongly opposes CPTPP entry
On September 30, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
Taiwan admits to facing political difficulties in joining the CPTPP after China’s strong opposition
On September 29, President Tsai Ing-wen said joining the Pacific Economic Partnership (CPTPP) would work with member states and like-minded countries. because Taiwan will have to face There are some “political problems” in joining the CPTPP.
According to the CNA news agency, the political issue cited by the Taiwanese leader is resistance from China.
same day Zhu Fenglian A spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Chinese Cabinet reiterated that The Chinese government opposes Taiwan’s participation in the CPTPP.
Zhu Fenglian said China opposes Taiwan’s participation in regional trade blocs and any bilateral trade agreements, emphasizing the one-China policy in which Taiwan is an inseparable part of China.
Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian had said that the Chinese government strongly opposes any country’s formal exchanges with Taiwan. It also opposes Taiwan’s participation in the treaty or official organization.
Last week, Taiwan’s defense ministry said it had found a squadron of 24 Chinese military fighters, including two bombers capable of carrying nuclear bombs, in Taiwan’s air defense zone. This was the biggest intimidation in weeks. Shortly after Taiwan became a member of the CPTPP.
CPTPP currently has members: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam. China and Taiwan will need the approval of the 11 member states to participate.
Taiwan applied for the deal on Sept. 22, just six days after China signed up.
However, Taiwan’s chief trade negotiator, John Deng, had already expected that if China had joined the deal. May reduce the chances of Taiwan’s participation. This is because China often thwarts Taiwan’s efforts on the international stage.
He added that Taiwan’s application to join the CPTPP was based on consideration of its own economic merits. and confirmed that it is not related to China
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