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Abe, Trudeau extol Pacific trade pact without U.S.

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:36 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership removes trade barriers among 11 nations representing nearly 500 million consumers in the Asia-Pacific region in a bid to counter China's growing economic influence

AGREEMENT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands during a joint media availability in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 28, 2019. Photo Lars Hagberg/AFP

Pacific trade pact shunned by Trump cleared for launch

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that his government has ratified the 11-country pact, meaning a quorum of more than half the members have formally signed on

PACIFIC TRADE. This file photo shows Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014. File photo by William West/AFP

Japan, Vietnam urge U.S. to rejoin Pacific trade deal

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Japan's foreign minister encourages the US to come back to the pact, speaking at a regional World Economic Forum (WEF) where concerns over trade protectionism have dominated discussions

TRADE DEAL. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh (R) after the 10th Vietnam - Japan Cooperation Committee meeting at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi on September 13, 2018. Photo by Minh Hoang/AFP

Deal on China-backed mega free trade pact likely in November – Singapore

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will become the world's biggest free trade pact if an agreement is reached

MEETING. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (9th from left) poses with the ASEAN economic and trade ministers at the opening of 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings in Singapore on August 29, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Asian countries denounce 'real threat' of global trade war

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Some ministers have called for the early conclusion of talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a 16-nation pact poised to become the world's largest free-trade agreement

SUMMIT. Participating foreign ministers pose for a group photograph at the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers'€™ Meeting, during the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in Singapore on August 4, 2018. Leaders, ministers and representatives are meeting in the city-state from August 1 to 4 for the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM). Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

New Zealand PM returns to work from maternity leave

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:37 PM

(UPDATED) New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will 'hit the ground running' as she returns to office after 6 months of maternity leave

NEW MOM. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017 then New Zealand's Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern receives applause as she is welcomed to her first caucus meeting as Prime Minister-elect at Parliament in Wellington. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Trump considers rejoining Pacific trade pact he once spurned

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:24 AM

'Would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama,' US President Donald Trump says in a tweet

TRUMP ON TPP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

Text of revised Trans-Pacific Partnership released

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:51 PM

New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker says making it public will allow better scrutiny before it is formally signed in Santiago on March 8

TRADING BLOC. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. Na Son Nguyen / Pool / AFP

Canada looks to Pacific as NAFTA under threat

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Canada announces it will sign on the Trans Pacific Partnership, moving to diversify its trade relationships as Canadian, US and Mexican negotiators kick off a sixth round of talks NAFTA

JOINING TPP. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 annual meeting, on January 23, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

4 hard truths about Justin Trudeau

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has impressed world leaders and swooning girls alike, but he has been hit for his views on climate change and using PR stunts to distract the public

THE RETURN. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in the Philippines on November 12 for the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ASEAN, Hong Kong sign deal in 'vote for open trade'

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:48 PM

The signing takes place during the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Manila

FREE TRADE. Southeast Asian nations and Hong Kong sign an agreement for open trade. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trudeau pulls brakes on TPP trade pact in APEC sideline drama

Nov 11, 2017 - 10:18 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Ministers save the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accused of 'sabotaging' the trade deal that the US has already abandoned.

NOT READY. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's not ready to close the TPP deal. AFP file phot

America first? Global trade on the block as Trump heads to APEC

Nov 08, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The future of global trade comes under the microscope this week as Donald Trump addresses Asia-Pacific leaders in Vietnam

WELCOME TO DANANG. A worker at the international airport walks past a signboard welcoming visitors to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 8, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

At ASEAN anniv, Duterte warns against protectionism

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine President describes the Obama led Trans Pacific Partnership as a dream that [is] no longer there under the Trump administration

Pacific Rim nations fight to save TPP trade pact

May 21, 2017 - 11:42 AM

UPDATED Several countries try to ‘resuscitate’ the massive free trade pact even as the new US trade chief affirms President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw

NEW TRADE BLOC. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (6R) and Ministerial Representatives from 12 countries pose for a photo after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Auckland on February 3, 2016. Michael Bradley/AFP

Trump's trade negotiator makes Asia debut at APEC talks

May 20, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Trump favors bilateral trade deals over the ambitious multilateral pacts of Barack Obama s administration

TRADE. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. Photo by AFP

Asia-Pacific seeks to save TPP trade deal without U.S.

Mar 16, 2017 - 8:03 AM

After two days of high level meetings in Chile officials wrap up their talks with no clear plan to replace the defunct deal but a dogged determination not to throw out years of painstaking negotiations

In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila.  Jay Directo/AFP

In one week, Trump shakes up Washington and the world

Jan 29, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Before his inauguration many asked if the presidency would change Donald Trump or whether Donald Trump would change the presidency Barely 20 minutes into his 4 year term anyone who was listening had their answer

US President Donald Trump during a reception with Congressional leaders on January 23, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. under Trump: We would be foolish not to engage Asia

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:56 PM

I am confident that the President and his advisers will continue our engagement in the Asia Pacific region US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

MEDIA ROUNDTABLE. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim holds a roundtable with select Filipino journalists on January 24, 2017, in Makati City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jan 24, 2017 - 7:43 PM

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Australia opens door to China in push to save TPP

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:11 AM

3rd UPDATE Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his government is in active discussions with other TPP countries including his Japanese New Zealand and Singaporean counterparts on how to salvage the agreement

US President Donald Trump holds up an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump torpedoes Trans-Pacific Partnership

Jan 23, 2017 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED After signing an executive order Trump said he would be going back to those countries one on one to find terms more favorable to the United States

TRUMP ON TPP. US President Donald Trump meets with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

DTI chief Lopez: Trump's reforms align with Duterte's

Jan 20, 2017 - 3:13 PM

In an early session at the World Economic Forum 2017 DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez says he has observed that the US new economic priorities are aligned with Duterte s thrust to spur economic growth

ALIGNED POLICIES. Photo taken when Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez introduced President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the Philippine-China Trade and Investment Forum held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Japan: From semi-sovereignty to splendid isolation?

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM

After the Duterte surprise came the Trump shock To Tokyo old certainties that underpinned the post World War II order were suddenly melting and rapidly

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on during a joint press statement with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on January 12, 2017. Prime Minister Abe arrived in the Philippines on January 12, becoming the first foreign leader to visit since President Rodrigo Duterte took office last year and launched his deadly war on crime. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Japan's Abe pushes Pacific trade deal in Australia

Jan 14, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Close allies Canberra and Tokyo announce a new defense deal to facilitate closer logistics support and cooperation during combined exercises training and peace keeping operations

TPP DEAL. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (R) attend a tea ceremony hosted by Sen Soshitsu (unseen), the Grand Tea Master, at the Tokyo headquarters of the Urasenke school of tea ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, December 18, 2015. Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/EPA

Tillerson shows readiness to oppose Trump on multiple fronts

Jan 12, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Rex Tillerson says he is prepared to diverge from the US president elect on numerous key issues notably nuclear non proliferation climate change and Russia

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Duterte says TPP ‘a very wrong policy’

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:44 PM

The Philippine president says the Obama led Trans Pacific Partnership is disastrous for developing countries because it restricts access to affordable medicines

TALKING ECONOMIC POLICY. President Duterte hosts a dinner for businessmen on December 12, 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Trans-Pacific Partnership 'meaningless' without U.S. – Japan PM

Nov 22, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The future of the 12 nation Trans Pacific Partnership TPP has been thrown into serious doubt after the US president elect repeated a pledge to make withdrawing from the pact a top priority

This handout picture, released by Japan's Cabinet Secretariat on November 18, 2016 shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) in a meeting with US president-elect Donald Trump (L) in New York. Japan Cabinet Secretariat/AFP

Trump vows to withdraw from TPP 'on day one'

Nov 22, 2016 - 8:17 AM

UPDATED Trump: Instead we will negotiate fair bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores

In this photo, US President-elect Donald Trump speaks to the press following a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2016. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

PH shelves TPP membership, eyes China-led RCEP

Nov 21, 2016 - 6:29 PM

UPDATED The Philippines eyes the China led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as an ideal and lucrative market

TALE OF TRADE DEALS. With the TPP now apparently dead in the water, the Philippines puts focus on exploring opportunities in China-led RCEP. Background Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

APEC: China pushes free trade as Trump leaves void

Nov 20, 2016 - 8:42 AM

UPDATED Chinese President Xi Jinping pushes Beijing s free trade plans at a summit of Asia Pacific leaders stepping up to fill the void left by US President elect Donald Trump s protectionism

APEC 2016. Leaders take part in the start of the ABAC and APEC Leaders' Dialogue at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima on November 19, 2016. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Asia-Pacific leaders to talk trade in a Trump world

Nov 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM

This year s APEC Summit to be held in Peru may be unlike any other coming on the heels of Trump s shock win in the November 8 election

READY FOR APEC. A worker sweeps the front stairs of the convention centre prior to the upcoming APEC Finance Ministerial Meeting, in Lima, on October 12, 2016. Ernesto Benavides/AFP

China's Xi, Trump agree to meet 'at an early date' – CCTV

Nov 14, 2016 - 3:56 PM

In a telephone call Xi told Trump that the world s top two economies need cooperation and there are a lot of things we can cooperate on CCTV reports

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and US President-elect Donald Trump (R). Photos by Fred Dufour (Xi) and Nicholas Kamm (Trump) / AFP

Vietnam to delay TPP ratification – lawmaker

Sep 21, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Prospects that the 12 country deal could be ratified in Washington this year are dimming with US lawmakers casting doubt on whether President Barack Obama s signature Pacific trade deal will receive substantial backing or even come to a vote

TPP DELAY. US President Barack Obama speaks to the press as he meets with business, government, and national security to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 16, 2016. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/ AFP

Obama to press China on steel at G20, Lew says

Sep 01, 2016 - 5:30 PM

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: Excess capacity distorts markets and the environment harms our workers and runs counter to our efforts to achieve strong sustainable and balanced growth

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 31: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks about his upcoming trip to China, at the Brookings Institute, on August 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. Secretary Lew will be traveling to later today to Hangzhou, China to attend the G20 Summit. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Obama makes last push for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Obama said the vexed Trans Pacific Partnership was part of the answer to questions like how do we make sure that globalization technology automation those things work for us not against us?

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as part of a State Visit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, August 2, 2016. Saul Loeb/AFP

Meet Fil-Am Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar

Jul 09, 2016 - 11:47 PM

It is hard work not gender according to Bolivar that has been a factor in her success

COMMANDER. Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, the first female Filipino-American official of the United States Armed Forces, talks about the role of women in peace and security and disaster response efforts. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

US troops head to Albay for 2016 Pacific Partnership mission

Jun 24, 2016 - 7:59 PM

The Philippines is one of the mission stops of Pacific Partnership 2016 the largest humanitarian and disaster response preparation mission in the Indo Asia Pacific

PARTNERSHIP. Lieutenant Commander Kris Hooper, Pacific Partnership public affairs chief, says the partnership will be beneficial to both forces. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

IMF warns the US over high poverty, inequality

Jun 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The International Monetary Fund lowers its outlook for economic growth in the United States where 46 7 million people are living in poverty

epa04263269 A homeless man, who did not want to identified, sits on a sidewalk in New York, New York, USA, 16 June 2014. A report released earlier this year showed that nearly half of of the city's population is living near poverty levels. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Obama confident Trans-Pacific Partnership can be ratified in US

May 23, 2016 - 3:46 PM

But the US leader concedes getting the ambitious tariff slashing deal through a hostile Republican dominated Congress will be noisy

IN VIETNAM. US President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference in Hanoi on May 23, 2016. Jim Watson/AFP

Malaysian investors told: Keep investing in PH beyond elections

May 06, 2016 - 9:43 AM

The finance chief says the Philippines is in the right place at the right time with its favorable demographics and integration with ASEAN neighbors

SHOPTALK. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (right) encourages Malaysian firms to do business in the Philippines. Beside him is TAEL Partners CEO Michael Sng. Photo from Department of Finance

Japan PM defends US military alliance in rebuff to Trump

Apr 06, 2016 - 3:11 PM

Abe: I cannot conceive of any situation within the foreseeable future when the US presence wouldn t be necessary

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, March 29, 2016. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Roxas: No to 'dead' TPP trade deal

Mar 30, 2016 - 8:50 PM

From his earlier cautious stance on the US led agreement the Liberal Party standard bearer now says he s against the TPP

MORE DEFINITIVE. Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas says the TPP is 'dead,' and will harm the Philippines' agriculture sector. Rappler file photo

The Scrum: Beyond citizenship, issues that Grace Poe has to answer

Mar 14, 2016 - 2:04 PM

We have focused far too long on her citizenship yet Grace Poe has largely gotten away with motherhood and non committal answers to hard questions

NATURAL-BORN FILIPINO. Senator Grace Poe hurdles legal challenges to her presidential bid. File photo

US-ASEAN Summit likely a 'win' for global trade – HSBC

Feb 15, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The summit could be a springboard for increased trade between the United States and Southeast Asian nations

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Feb 04, 2016 - 1:01 PM

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12 negara tandatangani Kemitraan Trans Pasifik

Feb 04, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Pengunjuk rasa berpendapat TPP akan mengorbankan lapangan kerja

Delegasi 12 negara usai menandatangani Kemitraan Trans Pasifik di Auckland, New Zealand, pada 4 Februari 2016. Foto oleh Peter Meecham/EPA

Historic Trans-Pacific Partnership signed

Feb 04, 2016 - 8:07 AM

UPDATED The ambitious Trans Pacific Partnership TPP aims to slash tariffs and trade barriers for an enormous 40 of the global economy – but pointedly does not include China

NEW TRADE BLOC. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (6R) and Ministerial Representatives from 12 countries pose for a photo after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Auckland on February 3, 2016. Michael Bradley/AFP