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Vietnam's leader urges a US return to the TPP

Prime minster also hopes inbound investment will boost country's competitiveness

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks with The Nikkei on Nov. 15 in Hanoi. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

HANOI The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement should leave the door open for an American return, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told The Nikkei.

The 11 countries, which include Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, have reached a broad agreement on pursuing the trade pact without Washington's participation.

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