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RCEP countries gather in Japan for trade talks

Negotiators seek agreement after Trump dumps TPP

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Officials from RCEP member states gather for negotiations in Kobe, Japan, on Feb 27. RCEP trade negotiating committee chief Iman Pambagyo of Indonesia is fourth from the left.   © Kyodo

KOBE, Japan -- A five-day round of negotiations to promote trade partnerships in Asia began in Kobe, western Japan, Monday morning.

Members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will discuss 13 areas, including intellectual property, service trade and the removal of tariffs, seeking to reach agreement as soon as possible.

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