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Top Thai official expresses keen interest in joining CPTPP

  • May 2, 2018
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All papers wrote from Bangkok that visiting Economic Revitalization Minister Motegi met with Deputy Prime Minister Somkid and other senior Thai officials on Tuesday and exchanged views on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). According to the Japanese official, the Thai officials voiced a “strong commitment” to joining the regional free trade deal “as soon as possible.” The existing 11 members are reportedly likely to hold a chief negotiators’ meeting in June or July to discuss Bangkok’s bid to join the accord. Noting that Colombia, Taiwan, and the UK have also expressed interest in joining the CPTPP, Yomiuri said Tokyo is anxious to enlist additional members in a bid to encourage the U.S. to return to the regional trade liberalization framework. 

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