China voices strong opposition to Taiwan’s bid to join TPP
Written by tokyoclub on September 23, 2021
China expressed strong opposition Thursday to Taiwan’s bid to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, emphasizing that the island is an “inalienable part of China.”
“The one-China principle is a recognized norm of international relations and a general consensus of the international community,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.
The mainland “resolutely opposes Taiwan’s accession to any official agreements and organizations,” he added, a day after the self-ruled, democratic island submitted an application to join the trade pact, from which the United States withdrew in January 2017.
Beijing filed its bid for membership in the TPP, formally known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, last week in an apparent attempt to increase its economic clout in the region.