US, Vietnam throw support behind Trans-Pacific Partnership

Updated On: Nov 16, 2009

SINGAPORE: Two APEC economies - the US and Vietnam - have committed to work towards a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) goal.

This came a day after Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed at the APEC CEO Summit on Friday that four more economies have expressed interest to join the TPP - a free trade agreement between Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Chile.

Besides the US and Vietnam, the other two economies considering signing up are Australia and Peru.

Leaders who spoke on Saturday, the final day of the two-day CEO Summit in Singapore, also touched on the various regional architecture in the Asia Pacific, with calls not to shut out new ideas like the East Asia or Asia-Pacific communities.

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Source: S Ramesh, "US, Vietnam throw support behind Trans-Pacific Partnership", Channel NewsAsia, November 14, 2009,http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1018240/1...

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