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Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal out, rules pushed by US on ice

The deal will reduce tariffs in economies that together amount to more than 13 per cent of global GDP - a total of $10 trillion

Reuters  |  Wellington / Sydney 

The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday, signalling the pact was a step closer to reality even without its star member the United States. More than 20 provisions have been suspended or changed in the final text ahead of the deal's official signing in March, including rules around intellectual property originally included at the behest of Washington. The original 12-member deal was thrown into limbo early last year when President Donald Trump withdrew from the ...

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First Published: Wed, February 21 2018. 22:29 IST