Japan and the United States are sailing toward a joint strategy focused on the Indian-Pacific region as one way of containing the maritime advances being made by China into the East China Sea and South China Sea.
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will not reach an agreement in 2017 while Japan signs deal with ASEAN covering services and investment.
European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom reconfirmed the EU’s intention of reaching an economic partnership agreement with Japan by the end of the year.
Finance minister Taro Aso seems receptive to buying more US military hardware.
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Japan’s government will host the latest round of negotiations for the 11 nations remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but reaching a final deal has been thrown into doubt by New Zealand’s change of government.
While NAFTA talks continue, Mexico is seeking to diversify its export markets and is expanding agricultural exports to China, Japan, South Korea and countries of the Arabian Peninsula.
The talks are shaping up to be a test of whether the close US-Japan relationship can withstand Donald Trump’s "America First" trade policies.
US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expressed strong hopes that his country would launch trade talks with Japan to expand exports of farm products.
“All the countries, including Japanese, are very closely following the negotiation,” outgoing Japanese ambassador Kenjiro Monji said. “Because if we have to deal with United States, we can learn from this experience. A lot.”
A new split East Asian order is emerging led by China through the RCEP negotiations and Belt and Road Initiative.
Taiwan will continue its efforts to forge an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with Japan.
Negotiators met for two days in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, to discuss what parts of the original deal they wished to shelve.
Japan is seeking to make minimal changes. Vietnam has proposed to amend the clause on rules of origin in exports of fabrics, the sources said.
Quicker consensus on rules to suspend could bring broad deal in November.
Taiwan has conditionally lifted a 16-year-old ban on beef imports from Japan, clearing a major roadblock in negotiations on an economic partnership agreement.
As released by the European Council
Signatories eye fresh trade deal without US by year-end.