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'TPP 11' faces new challenges as clock ticks down

New Zealand's demand for renegotiation could obliterate tenuous agreement

Kazuyoshi Umemoto, center, Japan's chief negotiator on the so-called TPP 11, addresses his peers in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Recent political developments have clouded negotiations on reconstituting the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the U.S. just two weeks before Japan and 10 other nations hope to reach a broad agreement on the trade pact, threatening to scuttle the effort in its final stretch.

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