Mexico president says door open to United States rejoining TPP

Trump to take another look at TPP 'disaster'

Although Aso told reporters that he would welcome Trump's decision, Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga later said at a news conference that the re-negotiation would be extremely hard.

"Would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama", he wrote Thursday.

New Zealand already has a separate trade deal with the world's second-largest economy, China. Midwest farmers fear becoming caught up in a trade war as Beijing threatens to impose tariffs on soybeans and other USA crops, a big blow to Midwestern farmers, many of whom are strong Trump supporters.

Trump "is a person who could change temperamentally, so he may say something different the next day", Aso said. The agreement, excluding the USA, now includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Canada and Mexico.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a Pentagon briefing that the first allied strike targeted a scientific research center in greater Damascus involved in the development and production of chemical weapons.

The TPP, which now comprises 11 nations, was created to cut trade barriers in some of the fastest-growing economies of the Asia-Pacific region and to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout.

Rejoining the 11-country pact could be a sharp reversal of fortune for many US industries that stood to benefit from the trade agreement's favorable terms and Republican lawmakers who supported the pact. Bauerle-Danzman says the US would be at a disadvantage if it has to agree to new terms.

Several Latin American countries - including Peru and Chile - are among the TPP negotiators, and these two nations also control most of the continent's access to the Pacific Coast, giving the USA an additional reason to pursue trade deals, motivated by political and geostrategic considerations. Our trade disputes with the Chinese are qualitatively different than those with Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, etc. -China China tariff standoff.

"As I've been saying for a decade now: The way to economically box out China in a competitive way is to enter into free trade agreements with its neighbors, and that's what TPP would have done", he said.

Joe Dunford said the three countries called on warships and piloted aircraft to hit the sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons program. "It will take a long time and also there is huge risk around ratification".

An Israeli official told CNN that the strikes enforced the red line drawn by President Trump past year. In 2016, then President Barack Obama's administration abandoned attempts to push the pact through Congress.

And the finished deal suspended several provisions the USA wanted on issues like pharmaceuticals and intellectual property. If they were to choose to do that, that would trigger a process kicking off again.

"We are watching what Russians do in the next 24 hours", the official said, adding that there will be intelligence collection to see what Russians are up to in the wake of the strikes, such as turning on their systems or talking about retaliating.



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