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(December 3, 2021) The geopolitics of China's CPTPP move

Nowhere is the intersection between geopolitics and geoeconomics more evident than the accession negotiations under the 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). At issue are three new applications for accession by the United Kingdom, China, and Taiwan. While the UK's candidacy alters the geographic crux of what has been Asia-Pacific trade liberalisation, China's and Taiwan's entry efforts represent a proxy showdown between the United States-led global order and 75-year-old alliance system versus Beijing's geostrategic ambitions and objectives.

For China, applying for CPTPP membership is a shrewd move, a potential win-win but with an unthinkable risk for Beijing's strategic planners. Whether China gets in or not is less important to Beijing than if Taiwan accedes at all. In the 2020s, unlike the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation from 1989, it is hard to imagine China being in the same trade bloc as Taiwan, which Beijing considers a "renegade province" from the Chinese civil war that culminated with the communist revolution in 1949.

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/2225935/the-geopolitics-of-chinas-cptpp-move


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