March 26, 2020 – Japan will make a fresh attempt to expand the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact to include more Asian economies, such as Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines, after the new coronavirus exposed the risks of supply chains overly dependent on China. First up will be Thailand, a key production hub for many Japanese automakers. The country is expected to announce as early as April its intent to join the TPP. Japan has already begun laying the groundwork by sending a high-ranking negotiator to Thailand. The move comes amid a realization that diversifying production is increasingly important.