China Formally Applies to Join Asian Trade Deal Trump Abandoned
President Xi Jinping first expressed interest in CPTPP in 2020
Beijing will need to get the agreement of all 11 members
China has applied to join an Asia-Pacific trade pact once pushed by the U.S. as a way to isolate Beijing and solidify American dominance in the region.
The country submitted a formal application letter to join the deal, known officially as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to a statement late Thursday in Beijing.