16 March 2017

News Story: Chile calls for Asia-Pacific integration

Buenos Aires (VNA) – Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Munoz said he will push for Asia-Pacific integration, free trade and anti-protectionism at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting in Vina del Mar city, Chile on March 14-15.

Speaking to the press before the meeting, the minister stressed that it took place in a sensitive context for the global economy, with protectionism likely to grow. Thus, TPP member states need to determine whether to continue with economic and trade integration, he added.

The meeting was held to discuss saving the TPP after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the trade deal.

The other 11 TPP member countries need to restart negotiations, Munoz said, pledging that Chile is willing to give support to the dialogue to take advantage of the agreed parts of the deal after nearly a decade of negotiation.

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