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    Japan Mulls US-Free Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

    President Trump dumped it long ago. But that doesn’t mean the pan-Asian trade deal brokered by the Obama administration won’t happen: It just might happen without the U.S. The TPP aims to connect 11 Pacific nations, challenging the supremacy of the China-centric Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Australia’s pushed to keep the pact alive, though its viability isn’t clear. Japan says it’ll start talks on the trade deal next month, while expressing concerns that signing a bilateral agreement with the U.S. could push Japan to import more American goods.

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