English's Japan trip breathes new life into TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be back on the table with talks to fire up the trade deal going strong in Tokyo.

Prime Minister Bill English has been meeting with his counterpart Shinzo Abe. He says he's looking forward to working with Japan to move the TPP forward, without the United States.

"Acknowledging the leadership of Prime Minister Abe, I'm taking it forward. Like Japan, New Zealand has ratified the agreement, and we look forward to working together to progress the TPP."

Prime Minister Bill English and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Patrick Gower)
Prime Minister Bill English and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Patrick Gower)

The 11 countries left negotiating the agreement after the United States pulled out will meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, this weekend.

New Zealand and Japan remain the only countries to have ratified the TPP.

It's likely the text that was signed last year will be revised, now the US has left, before it's agreed to by all member countries.

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