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Trade war

Japan and EU to ink free trade pact July 11

Both sides eager to finalize the deal as US hardens its protectionist stance

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, left, and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at trade talks last year. Both sides hope the EPA will take effect in 2019.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan and the European Union are expected to place the final signatures on their free trade pact on July 11 in Brussels, signaling their rejection of a protectionist push by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the signing at the EU headquarters when he travels to France for a meeting with President Emanuel Macron that month. 

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