Since late 2021, China has been pushing the development of the Metaverse and expressing its keen interest in joining the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement, which was signed by Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore in June 2020. These efforts and their latest developments, together with President XI Jinping’s current visit to Central Asia, help show China’s strategic preparations for the future.
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The Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (the “DEPA”) Joint Committee formally established a group to examine China’s application to join the agreement. How will the prospects of joining the DEPA further accelerate the development of China’s cross-border e-commerce in Asia, Latin America, and Oceania? Will China’s effort to join the DEPA help bring Chinese law in line with the international standards stated in the agreement?