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TPP deal advances without US

Trade Minister David Parker says New Zealand was one of the countries that had agreed to a TPP deal when one

Earlier in the day, the TPP countries agreed on the core elements to move ahead with the trade pact, after last-minute resistance from Canada raised new doubts about its survival.

She met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the gala dinner on Friday night but she said the pair didn't discuss the deal.

Indeed, the official said Japan and Australia tried to railroad Canada into committing to an agreement in principle Friday by arguing the other TPP members would be disappointed if they didn't deliver, the official said.

While some countries might be eager for a deal, notably Australia, New Zealand and Japan - their respective national news outlets quoted government sources expressing disappointment at Trudeau supposedly "screwing" and "sabotaging" a final agreement by being a no-show - Trudeau said they should never have expected to leave Vietnam with an agreement in hand.

After the meeting, Trudeau and Abe were supposed to walk a short distance to a scheduled TPP leaders' meeting.

The original agreement - the so-called TPP12 - is being renegotiated now after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew America in January.

Japan has led revival of the pact since Donald Trump withdrew the United States from TPP in his first act as president in January.

Like Mexico, its position is further complicated by renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the Trump administration. The talks were "very productive, ' but more discussion was needed, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo was reported to have said on Thursday".

Ministers from the eleven TPP countries met this week on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the resort city of Danang in Vietnam.

The agreement, which still needs to be finalised, would now be called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), he said.

"The primary reason is that Canada is in a hard situation trying to balance the interests of the TPP, which has Mexico as a party, but also keep alive the North American Free Trade Agreement", Professor Rothwell said.

"The suspended provisions, in fact, will help narrow TPP challenges for the country", Thang said.

Partly to counter China's growing dominance in Asia, Japan had been lobbying hard for the TPP pact, which aims to eliminate tariffs on industrial and farm products across an11-nation bloc whose trade totalled $356 billion past year.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says talks have effectively collapsed in Vietnam.

In a speech in Danang, Trump sent out a strong message that he was only interested in bilateral deals in Asia that would not disadvantage the United States.

Zhang said the Beijing-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact will not be impacted by TPP, to which China is not party.

The TPP member countries are trying to find a way forward without the US, the biggest economy and, before Trump took office, one of its most assertive supporters.

At this stage there's no meeting of all 11 leaders planned for Saturday.

"We were not going to be rushed into a deal", Trudeau told reporters at his closing APEC news conference before heading to Philippines for a Sunday summit of southeast Asian leaders. They're all attending the APEC Leaders Retreat in the afternoon.

"We're in an easier place to try things out, to test policy sensitivities even if we don't get everybody around the table", Bollard said.