Abe Seeks Malaysia’s Sup­port to Fast-Track TPP


MANILA (Dis­patches)- Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe on Sun­day sought Malaysia’s co­op­er­a­tion to get the 11-mem­ber Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship free trade pact up and run­ning, ex­clud­ing the United States. Abe made the call at a meet­ing with Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak in Manila. Na­jib thanked Ja­pan for its lead­er­ship in help­ing the 11 coun­tries reach a broad ac­cord on the new TPP.

The broad agree­ment was ham­mered out in min­is­te­rial talks among the coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ja­pan and Malaysia, in the cen­tral Viet­namese city of Danang last week, af­ter the U.S. with­drew from the orig­i­nal 12-na­tion TPP in Jan­uary.

At a sep­a­rate meet­ing later Sun­day, Abe and In­done­sian Pres­i­dent Joko “Jokowi” Wi­dodo con­firmed close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween their coun­tries over North Korea’s nu­clear and bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­vel­op­ment, and the sit­u­a­tion in the South China Sea, where China is ac­cel­er­at­ing moves to build mil­i­tary footholds.

Abe flew to the Philip­pine cap­i­tal Sun­day afternoon to at­tend a se­ries of sum­mit talks re­lated to the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions, in­clud­ing the East Asia Sum­mit, af­ter tak­ing part in the Asi­aPa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion fo­rum and hold­ing a se­ries of bi­lat­eral sum­mits in Danang.

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