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TPP members eager to proceed without Trump, says APEC boss

Bollard warns U.S. re-entry could slow momentum of trade pact

Delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP meeting in Tokyo on Nov. 21 in 2017. (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa)

TOKYO -- Members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP 11, are eager to kick off the ambitious trade pact without the U.S., according to the head of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

"TPP [11] is happening; the economies involved have agreed, and it is starting," Alan Bollard, APEC Secretariat executive director, told the Nikkei Asian Review in a recent interview. "All the counties want to see TPP [11], as it is, starting."

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