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    A US-led deal that seeks to link 12 Pacific Rim nations to create the world’s largest free trade zone has only one country’s best interest at heart, a senior Russian lawmaker said Thursday after a meeting attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact was brought up during Beijing talks between China’s Xi and a visiting delegation of Russian lawmakers, headed by lower-house State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin.

    The TPP deal, which includes many members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), was agreed in February and is being ratified by national parliaments. When implemented, the free trade agreement will encompass 40 percent of the global economy.

    "They have not extended an invitation to [join TPP] to Russia or China, which negotiators [in Beijing] believe is an attempt to promote within an inner circle the interests of just one global power," Alexei Pushkov, the head of State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said after the talks.

    Pushkov cited the Chinese president who had said that China wanted its economic growth to come hand in hand with that of other countries.


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