Taiwan applies to join Pacific trade pact CPTPP

Taiwan has officially applied to join a Pacific trade pact, just days after Beijing made a similar request to become a member in a bid to increase its economic influence in the region.Chen Chern-chyi, the island’s deputy economic minister, said on Wednesday that Taipei had submitted the application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).Chen told reporters that Economic Minister Wang Mei-hua and the island’s top trade negotiator John Deng would…