Taiwan Aims to be Eligible to Join CPTPP Before Beijing, But ‘Must Revisit Japan Food Ban’



Lawrence Chung | South China Morning Post

Taiwan may have a better chance of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) than mainland China, given the requirements for entering the Pacific Rim deal, according to analysts and Taiwanese officials.

But one major obstacle the self-ruled island must overcome before gaining admission to the Tokyo-led trade agreement is its ban on food imports from areas affected by a 2011 Japanese nuclear power plant disaster, they said.

The Taipei government has been holding informal dialogue with the 11 members of the CPTPP, a revamped version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership formed after the United States’ 2017 withdrawal.
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