TPP Could Survive with 5 Nations After US Pullout

An idea has emerged that the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact can take effect among at least five nations such as Japan, Australia and New Zealand, negotiations sources said Wednesday.

The idea cropped up as the 11 states involved discussed what to do with the pact, from which the United States withdrew earlier this year after President Donald Trump took office, the sources told Kyodo News.

At the just-finished two-day meeting of top negotiators from the 11 parties, Tokyo argued for making the TPP take effect without the United States at an early date by tweaking the original agreement only slightly, they said.

But some countries, including Vietnam and Malaysia who had hoped to boost exports to the United States, are believed to have expressed reluctance to put the TPP into force without Washington.

Chile and Peru have shown no keen interest in a U.S.-absent TPP, the sources said. Canada and Mexico are noncommittal as they brace for renegotiations on the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States, they said.

If differences are not bridged among the 11 countries, the five-or-more-nation solution could gain traction with free trade-oriented Singapore and Brunei counted as possible partners.


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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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