China and members of the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) have held several rounds of consultations and achieved “positive progress”, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

China submitted a formal application to join DEPA in November 2021 and a working group was created in August 2022 for negotiations on China’s accession to the pact.

The fifth meeting of the working group’s chief negotiators took place in Auckland, New Zealand on Tuesday, during which China exchanged in-depth views with Chile, New Zealand, Singapore and the Republic of Korea on the progress of negotiations and topics related, said the ministry’s spokesman, He Yadong, at a press conference.

China will make joint efforts with DEPA members in a bid to achieve further progress in negotiations, he added.


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