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TPP Talks Focus on Bridging Divides

Posted July 14, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Japan News | Yomiuri Shimbun)

A meeting of chief negotiators from 11 countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks began Wednesday in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, minus the United States, which has decided to withdraw from the talks.

The chief negotiators are the top bureaucrats in charge of the issue, and are expected to discuss the steps needed to bring the TPP deal into force without the United States, along with details about possibly bringing the United States back in the future.

While Japan is taking a proactive stance toward realizing the pact soon, other participating countries vary in their positions. A focal point of the meeting seems to be to what extent the 11 countries can reconcile their differences. Click here to read more.

Related: TPP to Stay Largely As Is Minus U.S., Members Agree (Nikkei Asian Review)