Hanoi (VNA) – Negotiators from 11 member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement gathered for a meeting in Toronto, Canada on May 2 to explore the possibility of putting the trade pact into force without the US.
Japan’s chief negotiator, Keiichi Katakami on May 1-2 met with nine out of his ten counterparts to lay the groundwork for the two-day meeting.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the meeting, Katakami stressed the 11 countries need to unite to enable the deal to take effect.
Japan hopes to strike a new deal by mid-November when Vietnam will host a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, he added.
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