President Tsai Ing-wen has urged the UK to support Taiwan’s bid to join the pan-Pacific free trade agreement despite China’s strong opposition.
Taiwan calls on UK to support Pacific trade pact bid
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has called on Britain to support its bid to join a major pan-Pacific free trade pact London has also applied to enter.
Taiwan and China both applied in 2021 to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), but China says it opposes Taiwan – which it claims as its own territory – joining.
Britain, seeking post-Brexit opportunities, has also applied to join the pact which removes 95 per cent of tariffs between its 11 members – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
Speaking to a group of visiting British MPs, Tsai said she hoped Britain’s accession to the CPTPP proceeded smoothly.