Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Japan's Abe says Canada differs on TPP 11 deal

Japan's Abe says Canada differs on TPP 11 deal

"The leaders will discuss general contents for TPP co-operation, including the TPP Ministerial Meeting report, which features contents of the commitment package", Anh said, referring to the meeting of leaders of the 11 TPP countries expected to take place the same day.

Canada and the 10 other Trans-Pacific Partnership countries reached an agreement on Friday on "core elements" of the free trade pact, pledging to adhere to strict labour and environment standards, hours after the talks almost collapsed earlier in the day.

Regarding Canada's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, PM Trudeau affirmed that Canada attaches importance to worldwide trade collaboration as it helps generate jobs, boost economic development and improve people's living conditions. The TPP parties are all APEC members.

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But some countries, including Malaysia and Vietnam, sought to opt out of such provisions during the talks, something Canada felt was untenable.

New Zealand's Trade Minister David Parker told Newshub that the TPP talks were not "completely dead".

Instead they found Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, holding crisis meetings with Canada's Justin Trudeau over an undisclosed issue.

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She said she was left with the impression that Canada had withdrawn from the negotiations.

"Canada will not be rushed into a deal that is not in the best interest of Canada and of Canadians", Trudeau told a news conference during a visit to Vietnam before heading to an APEC summit later in the week.

These include to changes to trade rules related to the auto sector and culture.

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