Taipei Taiwan has applied for participation in 11 Pacific trade groups, cabinet officials said on Thursday, setting off a potential conflict with rival Beijing over the island’s democratic status.
John Dane, a non-profit minister, said that if China, which applied last week, is approved first, the application for participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement could be suspended.
The CPTPP, which came into force in 2018, includes agreements on market access, labor migration and government procurement. Other members include Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and New Zealand.
The mainland ruling Communist Party claims Taiwan is part of its territory, saying its elected government has no right to conduct foreign relations.
“China is blocking Taiwan’s opportunity on the international stage,” Chung told a news conference. “If China engages further with Taiwan, it will jeopardize Taiwan’s application.”
The CPTPP was the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a group promoted by then-President Barack Obama. His successor, Donald Trump, moved back in 2017. President Joe Biden did not rejoin.
Since the Communist Party ruled the mainland after the civil war in 1949, China and Taiwan have been governed separately. They have a wide range of business and investment relationships, but none are official.
Mr Chung said Taiwan’s status as a democracy and market economy should be counted in favor.
“Taiwan and China follow different organizational structures. We are an integrated market economy,” he said. “We stand on democracy and the rule of law. Our law is transparent to all.”
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