The 29th annual meeting of the APEC Pacific Rim states has got underway in Vietnam. Key topics include the US government's current protectionism stance under Donald Trump.
Japan and the EU have agreed to increase cooperation on trade, the environment and security. The two sides enacted a large trade deal in February, an agreement they believe counters the "global trends of protectionism."
Vietnam is hosting this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which gives it an opportunity to tout the benefits of global free trade. But convincing protectionists like Trump remains an uphill task.
The EU and Japan have signed an unprecedented free trade agreement which will create one of the world's largest trading blocs. European Council President Donald Tusk says it is a "clear message" against protectionism.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed a "special strategic and global partnership" with Japan, the second-largest economy in Asia. Japan is aiming to expand free trade relations amid US' protectionist policies.
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