TPP partners reach agreement on ‘core elements’ of Pacific trade deal, Canada says

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Australian, New Zealand news outlets suggest Canada was to blame for dawdled trade talks

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News Posted: Nov 10, 2017 12:14 PM ET At Updated: Nov 10, 2017 12:14 PM ET

The 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have reached an agreement on “middle elements” of the trade pact, namely that all countries will adhere to narrow labour and environment standards, a development Canada is championing as a major breakthrough after talks needy down earlier Friday.

The original TPP, which is currently under renegotiation after U.S. President Donald Trump went America out of the deal, included strong provisions that demanded all fellow countries eliminate child and forced labour, adopt and maintain laws and habits governing “acceptable conditions of work,” and uphold the right to collective settlement.

But some countries, including Malaysia and Vietnam, sought to opt out of such stockpiles during the talks, something Canada felt was untenable.

Those countries procure now come back onside, International Trade Minister Philippe-Francois Champagne guessed, and have agreed to the terms of the original TPP.

The 11 partner countries experience now put “four specific items” aside to allow for further negotiations. There is soothe substantial process to be made on intellectual property and the automotive chapters of the arrangement, for example, Champagne said.

Canada blamed for delay

Earlier Friday, a arranged meeting of TPP countries was unexpectedly cancelled after Canadian Prime Padre Justin Trudeau skipped the event when bilateral talks with his Japanese counterpart effected in disagreement.

Liberal government officials refuted international reports — particularly from Australian and New Zealand news outlets — that suggested Canada simply was to blame for delayed TPP talks.

At the time, a spokesperson for the prime minister said there was no consensus between the 11 fellow countries.

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