Korea mulls entering new Pacific trade pact

EU strikes back with first anti Trump commercial retaliation

EU strikes back with first anti Trump commercial retaliation

Eleven Asia-Pacific countries have just signed the trade pact formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The new trade agreement came as Trump signed an order imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on most countries - a move that could potentially trigger a trade war.

Eleven countries have signed a landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Thursday without the United States, who pulled out of the agreement past year.

The pact includes 22 provisions that were excluded from the original deal, and that includes the membership of the US and some of its demands, such as protection of pharmaceuticals.

The renegotiated pact signed in the Chilean capital of Santiago was also renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP.

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"It is our view that both CPTPP and RCEP will serve as building blocks towards a more open and fairer trade and investment regime in the Asia Pacific region", Mustapa said.

The CPTTP member countries are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing a combined population of 500 million people.

However, the US abruptly abandoned the trade deal when President Trump made a decision to withdraw from it just three days after he was inaugurated as president.

Australian exporters would benefit from new trade agreements with Canada and Mexico and greater market access to Japan, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei.

"This is the world's largest ever regional trade agreement, creating huge opportunities for our beef, sheep, dairy, sugar, wool, wine and horticulture producers in current and new markets", Littleproud explained. "It is now a trade bloc that discriminates against the U.S".

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Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz (6th L) and delegates from other countries attend a signing ceremony in Santiago, Chile, on March 8, 2018.

He announced the plan for tariffs last week, rattling financial markets.

The EU considers itself to be caught in the crossfire of a trade dispute, in which Trump has mainly singled out China for being unfair in its commercial deals. "It becomes a modest liberalization measure".

The ministry said the successful signing was thanks to the remaining member states' decision in November last year to withhold the ratification of parts of the clauses in TPP after the US' withdrawal in January last year.

"China did not participate in the CPTPP Agreement". "They see it as an important statement in support of free trade given the actions they're seeing from the United States".

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"It's vital that these worldwide trade agreements exist, without it, there's a real risk of more countries retreating to economic protectionism, which would hamper our access to key and emerging markets".

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