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China open to idea of joining CPTPP - commerce ministry

BEIJING, Nov 19 (Reuters) - China is open to the idea of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the commerce ministry said on Thursday.

Gao Feng, ministry spokesman, made the comments at a news conference in Beijing.

Last week 15 Asia-Pacific economies, including China, signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), forming the world’s largest free trade bloc that excludes the United States.

Reporting by Xu Jing and Ryan Woo

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