TPP countries agree to move ahead without US

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order for a federal hiring freeze alongside White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (C), US Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner(R) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017. (AFP)

Countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal have agreed on the core elements to move ahead without the United States, officials said on Saturday, after last minute resistance from Canada raised new doubts about its survival.

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

Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said he hoped that moving ahead with the deal would be a step towards bringing back the United States.

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