"We need TPP renegotiated," he said in a speech to the "Future of Asia" forum. "We have to recognise: Just as there are infant industries, there are infant nations, nations which are just beginning to grow," he said.
"They need to have some privileges, some protection for themselves, because they are not in a position to compete with the great trading nations, the great manufacturing nations of the world."
Eleven countries circling the Pacific signed a slimmed-down version of the TPP in March, opting to proceed with the deal after it was left for dead when Trump pulled out to pursue his "America First" agenda.
"The countries with little capacity to compete must be given due consideration. It is like playing golf... the weakest people get the highest handicaps," he said.
"In that way competition would be much fairer." The signatories to the TPP represent 13.5 per cent of the global economy and a market of 500 million people.
The deal was pushed by former US president Barack Obama's administration in part as a way to counter growing Chinese commercial power.
It cuts tariffs and requires members to comply with a high level of regulatory standards in areas like labour law and environmental protection.
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