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TPP plans expansion in 2019 with Thailand and Colombia first

Existing 11 nations to 'welcome' new members after pact's launch

A seafood market in Thailand. The country is seeking entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact as early as 2019.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The 11 nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership plan to welcome new members to expand their ambitious free-trade bloc, with Thailand possibly joining as early as next year and Colombia hoping to follow suit.

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