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szdaily -> World Economy -> 
TPP nations reject renegotiation with US
    2018-04-17  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

MEMBERS of an 11-nation Asia-Pacific trade pact have opposed any renegotiation of the deal to accommodate the United States should it decide to rejoin at a later date.

Ministers from Japan, Australia and Malaysia welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump directing officials to explore returning to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a pact he withdrew from shortly after coming to office. But they also cautioned against making any significant changes.

“We welcome the United States coming back to the table but I don’t see any wholesale appetite for any material renegotiation of the TPP-11,” Australia Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said.

Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan’s minister in charge of TPP, also said it would be difficult to change the deal, calling it a “balanced one, like fine glassware.” Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed echoed these remarks, saying that renegotiation would “alter the balance of benefits for parties.”

In a Twitter post last Thursday night, Trump said the United States “would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to President Barack Obama. We already have BILATERAL deals with six of the 11 nations in TPP, and are working to make a deal with the biggest of those nations, Japan, who has hit us hard on trade for years!”

Trump withdrew the United States from the TPP during his first week in office. The pact, which was conceived as a counter-weight to China’s rising economic power in the region, had been negotiated under the Obama administration but never approved by U.S. Congress.

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who participated in a meeting with Trump last Thursday where he spoke about rejoining the deal, said: “He multiple times reaffirmed the point that TPP might be easier to join now.”

The news drew a rebuke from opponents of the multilateral trade pact. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations president Richard Trumka, head of the main trade union group, said on Twitter that TPP “was killed because it failed America’s workers and it should remain dead.”

U.S. Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown, said he was “very open to a new TPP” as long as it had strong labor rights protections and currency provisions. “You’d need a whole renegotiation.”

The 11 remaining nations represent 13 percent of global output and include Japan and Canada. They finalized a revised version of the trade pact last month, renaming it the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership or CPTPP.

(SD-Agencies)

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