Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Japan's Abe says Canada differs on TPP 11 deal

Japan's Abe says Canada differs on TPP 11 deal

Before Trudeau's no-show at the leaders' meeting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand had made good progress on contentious investor-state disputes resolution clauses and preserving market access. However, Trudeau said days earlier that Canada would not be rushed into an agreement.

David Parker said it was not clear whether the talks would resume.

She said she was left with the impression that Canada had withdrawn from the negotiations.

"I'm not going to speculate on what other countries might say", Chrystia Freeland said when asked about the allegations that Canada is holding up the TPP. "We have no update on when they are likely to convene", she said.

Freeland refused to share details on Canada's concerns over the TPP, saying it was International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne's file.

At the same time, Canada has been pushing to add new elements to the revised TPP, including provisions for gender, environment and labour.

APEC, whose leaders hold their full summit on Saturday, has itself been buffeted by the changes under Trump.

It came just hours after the Canadians were accused of blocking an agreement earlier in the day.

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U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in January.

Among options being discussed by TPP countries is whether to suspend some provisions of the original agreement to avoid having to renegotiate it and potentially to entice the United States back in the long term, officials said.

It appeared to get off to a chilly start.

"We walked into a meeting and they were the only one absent".

Canada, which has the second biggest economy among remaining TPP countries after Japan, had said it wanted to ensure an agreement that would protect jobs.

Reuters is reporting this morning that the 11 nations working on the new version of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact have agreed to the core elements of a deal but more work needs to be done.

Champagne and Freeland were in the room for Friday's Trudeau-Abe meeting.

"This is already a very, very fast process considering how complicated the agreement is and the fundamental change with the USA withdrawing makes to the geometry of that agreement".

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