Japan, Australia and nine other signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact on Thursday reached a broad agreement in talks on concluding a new TPP deal without the United States, Japan's Jiji Press reported.
"Asked by reporters about the results of a meeting of TPP ministers, Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said "(they) agree in principle", adding that the ministers had finalised "a list of suspensions" - clauses that would be suspended to avoid renegotiating the whole agreement.
Asked if an agreement among the TPP-11 will make it easy for the United States to return to the pact, Aso said: "I don't know how the United States feels, but the TPP was originally formed upon USA agreements".
USA president Donald Trump withdrew his country from the TPP as his first act upon election, but the remaining 11, led by Japan, have sought to keep the deal alive.
Talks on the TPP, ditched by US President Donald Trump in one of his first acts in office, have been held on the sidelines of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in the Vietnamese resort of Danang.
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But claims of a breakthrough were later denied by Canada's trade minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.
An unnamed Asian member of the so-called TPP-11 has thrown a spanner in the works of 11th-hour negotiations on the future of the controversial Pacific Rim trade and investment deal. There are a number of countries that do want to see a conclusion.
Clear agreement on proceeding without the United States would be a boost for the principle of multilateral free trade pacts over the bilateral deal-making that Trump favours.
It included removing a slew of non-tariff measures and required members to comply with a high level of regulatory standards in areas like labour law, environmental protection, intellectual property and government procurement.