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    Abe, Trump Meeting Not to Affect Japan's Support for TPP

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    The forthcoming meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President-elect Donald Trump will not have an impact on Tokyo's strife for creating a free-trade zone under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Trump stands opposed to the deal, unlike the administration of outgoing US President Barack Obama, which reportedly has suspended its efforts to reach a deal with the Congress to ratify the TPP.

    "Prime Minister Abe will have a meeting on the 17th [November] with US President-elect Trump, but I think there will be no changes regarding the government's facilitation of the TPP," Suga was quoted as saying by Kyodo.

    The prime minister confirmed that he intended to discuss with Trump his thoughts on free trade in the Pacific Rim region.

    The TPP agreement seeks to deregulate trade among 12 signatory nations that comprise 40 percent of the world economy. They include the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.


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