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Pacific trade pact on revival mode

Japan and others to discuss agreement this weekend, bypassing the US & China

Matthew Tostevin 

Japan and other remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will this weekend decide how to revive the trade agreement ditched by US President Donald Trump. Their trade ministers will talk on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, where newly appointed US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is also due to give more detail of Washington’s trade plans. Uncertainty over those plans after Trump abandoned a trade deal he had compared to the “rape” of America has brought fears of protectionism and ...

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 03:00 IST