Pacific trade pact leaders due to meet on new deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau removes his sunglasses as he arrives in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam on Thursday. Later Trudeau batted away questions about the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal saying he wasn't at the negotiating table

Pacific trade pact leaders due to meet on new deal

Abe told Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski that he welcomed a broad agreement reached at the TPP ministerial meeting, a written statement by the Japanese government said on Friday.

Japan's TPP minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who insisted that the 11 countries had agreed in principle at the ministerial level on bringing into effect the pact without the United States, is scheduled to hold a press conference on Saturday along with Vietnam's Industry and Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh to announce the results of the ministers' meetings co-chaired by them.

A report in Australia's Sydney Morning Herald said Trudeau "sabotaged" the talks at the last minute by failing to show up for the meeting.

Much of the outrage over Canada's sudden outlier status - a position it frequently occupied under the Stephen Harper Conservatives - emanated from Down Under.

That view came from some unlikely sources, including some former Harper-era Conservatives who were intimately involved in the original negotiation of the TPP, the Canada-EU free trade deal known as CETA, and many other deals of varying sizes.

Suu Kyi is an honorary Canadian citizen and Nobel laureate who has faced widespread worldwide criticism for not speaking out against allegations of widespread state-led violence against her country's Muslim minority.

"I am quite sanguine that we will get a deal but of course it has got to go through the process of ratification", he said.

Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based global trade lawyer, said it was "puzzling" to see Canada's reluctance to pursue the TPP with its 10 remaining partners. "This will send a very strong message to the USA and the other countries in the region".

Ardern said she had discussed her constitutional relationship with the Burmese military.

Foreign ministers had agreed on Thursday night to revive the TPP after the original agreement was rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump days after he took office.

He expressed a willingness to do bilateral deals in the region on the basis of mutual respect and mutual benefit, while saying the United States had suffered from World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules by obeying them while others did not.

Talks between trade and foreign ministers from the group failed to reach agreement on their usual joint statement in the face of USA demands to remove language about supporting free trade and fighting protectionism.

In contrast, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the same group that nations need to stay committed to economic openness or risk being left behind.

Later, leaders of the 21 Apec economies agreed to address "unfair trade practices" and called for the removal of "market distorting subsidies", in contrast to communiques they have issued in the past. TPP commitments would eventually be ratified and enforced by its members.

He said that the CPTPP was a comprehensive and high-standard agreement on the basis of balancing interests of its member countries, with regard to their development levels. The release of a set of ministerial agreements early Saturday suggested the leaders would finesse any disagreements, as usual, to demonstrate unity and avoid embarrassing their hosts.

As a developing country with a fast-growing export sector, this year's host country, Vietnam, has a strong interest in open trade and access for its exports to consumers in the West. 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.

Parker said other countries in the room, including Australia, were surprised by Canada's non-appearance.

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