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China to study joining TPP

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China said it's studying the possibility of joining the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks, a move that comes about a month after the existing 11 members allowed Japan to join the negotiations. 

A farmer attends a rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo on Saturday. The United States and Japan earlier agreed on robust actions in the automotive and insurance sectors, as well as other non-tariff measures - key areas of US concern. But they will need to hold further negotiations in parallel with the TPP talks to iron out their differences. (AP file photo)

"We will analyse the advantages, disadvantages and the possibility of joining the TPP, based on careful research and according to principles of equality and mutual benefit," Shen Danyang, a Commerce Ministry spokesman, said in a statement on its website on Thursday. "China also hopes to exchange information and materials with TPP members on the negotiations."

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