15 Jul '17, 2am

TPP, the trade deal #DonaldTrump killed, is back in talks without US

TOKYO (NYTIMES) - When US President Donald Trump pulled out of his predecessor's signature trade deal on his first full weekday in office, the 11 other countries that had negotiated the pact were left wondering if years of work had just gone down the drain. This week, those countries indicated they wanted to press ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a sweeping multi-national trade agreement that had been sold as a way to tether the United States more closely to East Asia and to create an economic bloc capable of standing against an increasingly muscular China. At a meeting in Hakone, a resort town south of Tokyo, Japan led trade negotiators from the 11 countries - including Australia, Canada, Singapore and Vietnam - in discussions about reviving the complex web of trade rules that would improve labour conditions and increase protections for intellectual prope...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/tpp-the-t...

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