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Possibility of TPP agreement without Canada, New Zealand

  • 2015-07-15 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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(Sankei: July 15, 2015 – p. 2)

 

 There is now a possibility that a basic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement may be reached without the participation of Canada and New Zealand. Canada is notably behind in bilateral tariff negotiations with the other TPP nations, while New Zealand is insisting on its own position. This is becoming a major stumbling block for reaching an overall agreement. TPP Minister Akira Amari told a news conference on July 14 that priority will be given to an early agreement, even at the expense of excluding certain countries, with these two countries in mind.

 

 Amari pointed out that “there is the option of allowing certain countries that will be unable to make their preparations in time to join at a later date after the talks are concluded.” He stressed that “if there should be countries that have no intention to reach an agreement, we cannot afford to let the TPP go adrift because of them.”

 

 While Amari did not name any country because it would be “inappropriate” to do so, there is now an opinion among the TPP participants that accepts an agreement without Canada or New Zealand, according to a source on the talks. (Abridged)

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