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China's Xi vows to positively consider joining 11-nation TPP

In this image from video released by APEC CEO Dialogues Malaysia 2020, China's President Xi Jinping speaks at a CEO Dialogue forum via video link, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit hosted by Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Nov. 19, 2020. (APEC CEO Dialogues Malaysia 2020 via AP)

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged Friday that the government of the world's second-biggest economy will "positively consider" whether to join the 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    During an online summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Xi was also quoted by the state-run Xinhua News Agency as calling on member economies to build an open, fair, just, and non-discriminatory business environment.

    His remarks came just days after 15 Asia-Pacific countries including China, Japan and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations signed the world's largest free trade deal -- the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

    APEC members see the TPP and RCEP as steps toward realizing a wider free trade pact called the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. The United States has not joined either the TPP or RCEP.

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