Last year Donald Trump pulled the US out of a Pacific trade agreement, calling it a terrible deal. But now the other countries have signed it anyway, creating the world's biggest free trade zone.
Does anyone take the WTO seriously anymore? The globalist agency, tasked with dealing with trade agreements and settling trade disputes, had been sidelined for years even before Trump revived protectionism.
Japan has taken the lead in forging the agreement that has evolved from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal after Washington pulled out, but the US would be welcomed in the future, say experts.
More than a year after he withdrew the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership, it seems Donald Trump could be interested in rejoining. Japan tentatively welcomed the move, but stressed the trade deal was "delicate."
Australia has welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron on his first official visit, focused on defense links and climate change. Macron will later head to New Caledonia, one of France's territories in the South Pacific.
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