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China Seeks to Boost Trade With U.S. Allies, Premier Li Says

China’s Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report during the opening session of the NPC at the Great Hall of the People on March 5.
China’s Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report during the opening session of the NPC at the Great Hall of the People on March 5.Photographer: Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images

China may join an Asia-Pacific trade pact comprised of key U.S. allies that former President Donald Trump exited, Premier Li Keqiang said Friday.

In his work report to the National People’s Congress in Beijing, Li said Beijing “will actively consider joining” the 11-nation agreement known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. It includes nations that China has sparred with recently such as Australia, Canada and Japan.