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WEEK IN REVIEW: Singapore Prime Minister Said There Is No Consensus yet About China Joining the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact CPTPP

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong listens to Chinese President Xi Jinping (not pictured) speech during the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit at the International Expo Center in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016. POOL / AFP

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long said there is no consensus yet about China joining the trans-Pacific trade pact CPTPP. Although Prime Minister Lee said on Tuesday that he personally believes China would be able to meet the bloc’s admission requirements, Australian Trade Minister Don Farrell is on record opposing Beijing’s efforts to join. Consensus among the group’s 11 countries is required for any new member to join the group. (REUTERS)

Chinese and Indian military commanders met for the first time in three months for talks over troop deployments along their disputed border known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). No breakthroughs were reported after Friday’s talks but just the fact that they met at all was seen as an accomplishment. The two sides have been locked in a military standoff along the LAC since May 2020 with each having deployed 50,000 troops to the Himalayan border region. (THE HINDU)

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