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TPP members whittle list of rules to shelve with US gone

Terms on intellectual property protections, state-owned enterprises up for debate

A street vendor hawks pirate DVDs in Bangkok. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- The 11 remaining parties to the Trans-Pacific Partnership worked Thursday to hash out which terms from the original trade pact to suspend with Washington gone from the table, in the first of two days of meetings here.

The list previously had been narrowed from around 70 items originally to about 50 by eliminating redundancies. On Thursday, task forces covering three fields -- intellectual property, legal matters and miscellaneous other items -- updated the list of rules proposed for suspension, then reported to the chief negotiators for the 11 pact members.

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