China formally applies to join Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by the US

China announced on Thursday that it has formally applied to join a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned four years ago by the US.Beijing’s new trade minister Wang Wentao submitted a written request to New Zealand trade and export growth minister Damien O’Connor, and the two officials conducted a teleconference “to communicate on the follow-up work related to China’s formal application”, according to the Chinese ministry.The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership …