U.S. experts urge rejoining Pacific free trade deal amid China's rise

A bipartisan group of U.S. policy experts on Monday called for Washington’s return to a vast Pacific free trade deal and the inclusion of Japan in the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance as part of efforts to advance U.S.-Japan relations amid China’s rise. “The United States should join the CPTPP to align with Japan as leaders in shaping economic rules,” said the group, chaired by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Joseph Nye, a former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, in a report discussing the trade pact originally known as the Trans-…

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