Would be surprised if China would be willing to sign up to the CPTPP’s provisions on digital trade and data flows, among other things.
And although most of the CPTPP countries already have trade deals with China, I suspect Canada and Mexico might have something to say about this; wouldn’t this trigger the “poison pill” clause in USMCA?
(For the uninitiated, USMCA = US/Canada/Mexico agreement, and the clause I’m referring to allows a party to walk away if another signs a trade deal with a ‘non market economy’. If China joining CPTPP means the US walking out of USMCA it’s surely a non starter for 🇨🇦 and 🇲🇽.)

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19 Nov
Liz Truss tells the House of Commons that the Government is "determined" to reach a trade deal with Canada before the end of the year. What is being negotiated now is a continuity agreement, but she hopes to go further with Canada on joining CPTPP. 🇬🇧🇨🇦
Intriguingly Truss, responding to Labour's Gareth Thomas, suggests that there are deals "ready to go" with other outstanding EU trade partners that he referred to (which were Mexico and Vietnam)
US deal: Truss says we have made "good progress, agreeing the majority of text and the majority of chapters" and working with both parties in the House to achieve this.
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18 Nov
Former Australian PM and Adviser to the Board of Trade Tony Abbott is giving evidence to @CommonsIntTrade. Will thread with anything interesting that pops out 👇
On his role at the Board of Trade, Abbott says he would like to be a "facilitator" towards a swift UK-Australia deal. But adds that he also hopes to be a wider advocate for freer trade.
Abbott says that there is eagerness on both sides to try and get the UK-Australia FTA done before Christmas. Ideally this would involve zero tariffs/quotas, mutual recognition of standards/qualifications, and "as free as possible" movement of people for "well paid work".
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