Talks to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact have effectively collapsed after Canada pulled out.
The talks have been postponed indefinitely.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the surprise announcement in Vietnam on Friday night, revealing Canada had not shown up for the talks between the remaining 11 nations in the TPP.
“It is true that Canada did not attend that meeting and those talks have now been postponed. We have no update on when they are likely to convene,” she said.
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New Zealand had made good progress on contentious investor-state disputes resolution clauses and preserving market access, she said.
An earlier issue over wording, thought to involve Vietnam, has been resolved.
Ardern said Canada had withdrawn at this point.
“We …
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