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The CPTPP and Britain’s Pacific Rim engagement

First published: Council on Geostrategy, 29-03-2023

Approval of the United Kingdom’s (UK) decision just over two years ago to apply for membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is widely thought to be imminent. Some technical details and differences have yet to be ironed out, but this will be the Britain’s most significant trade agreement since leaving the European Union (EU). It will give a commercial flavour to an involvement in the Indo-Pacific that has already included an agreement with the United States (US) and Australia to provide the latter with nuclear-powered submarines, the Royal Navy’s presence in freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, and the UK’s accession to ‘dialogue partner status’ within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

What, though, is the major impact of Britain (on the other side of the world) participating in the CPTPP likely to be? Read on….