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'TPP 11' make show of unity, but members remain far apart

Negotiators will reconvene in Japan, continue push to win back US

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Nobuteru Ishihara, Japan's economic and fiscal policy minister, speaks to reporters in Hanoi on May 21   © Reuters

HANOI -- The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership showed some level of unity in a statement Sunday, but the outlook for a "TPP 11" version of the trade pact after the U.S. ditched the deal looks hazy amid gaps on some issues.

Ministers of the 11 countries met in Vietnam amid an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, compiling a statement that emphasized the expected economic benefits of the 12-nation pact reached in October 2015. The 11 countries look to conclude talks by November on an alternative arrangement without the U.S. to implement the agreement quickly, the statement said.

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