By Dharshini David
The UK will apply to join a free trade area with 11 Asia and Pacific nations, a year after it officially left the EU.
Joining the group of "fast-growing nations" will boost UK exports, the government says.
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership - or CPTPP - covers a market of around 500 million people.
But they are harder to reach than neighboring markets in Europe.
Members include Australia, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand.
Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam are also founder members of the bloc, which was...