Pacific Trade Ministers Agree TPP-Replacement Deal Without US

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Da Nang for the APEC summit

"We have agreed many important issues for the past round of negotiation and reached an agreement to maintain to TPP, but with a new name", said Anh.??

The apparent disharmony signals that the 11 countries, which also include Australia, Chile, Malaysia and Singapore, have a long list of challenges to resuscitate the region-wide trade agreement, after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled his country from it in January.

Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. They also expressed support for multi-country institutions and regional as well as country-to-country trade agreements.

Any kind of deal looked doubtful on Friday, when a summit of TPP leaders was called off after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not attend.

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Partly to counter China's growing dominance in Asia, Japan had been lobbying hard for the TPP pact, which aims to eliminate tariffs on industrial and farm products across the 11-nation bloc whose trade totalled $356 billion previous year.

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While most APEC members say they remain committed to their multi-country approach in weaving their economies ever closer together, many acknowledge that open trade is a mixed bag: Not everyone benefits equally.

The ministers dropped some key provisions the Americans had required on protection of intellectual property, among others.

Talks to sign off on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal have sensationally collapsed in the final stages, after Canada was a no-show at a meeting of leaders to finalise an agreement.

Increasingly, APEC summits have become more of an opportunity for such side talks, and for host nations to showcase their growing affluence. On the right, Trump being Trump about trade at the same gathering.

"There was never an intention not to show up at any meeting", he said. Unlike the TPP trade pact, whose decisions will eventually be enforced, APEC's statements are nonbinding. Danang, Vietnam's third-largest city, is in the midst of a construction boom as dozens of resorts and smaller hotels pop up along its scenic coastline.

APEC's members are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the US and Vietnam. But earlier Friday, Australian and New Zealand media said that Canada alone was to blame for derailing the talks.

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