[Trump] said that he was going to issue a note of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, calling it "a potential disaster for our country". Instead he said he would "negotiate fair bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back".


"The TPP would be meaningless without the United States," [Japan's Shinzo] Abe said, after Japan and other TPP countries had discussed the agreement on the sidelines of the Apec summit in Lima at the weekend.

He added that the pact could not be renegotiated. "This would disturb the fundamental balance of benefits," he said.


Abe, though, suggested he was already bracing himself for US withdrawal from the TPP, whose 12 participating countries cover 40% of the global economy. Last week he told a parliamentary committee that Trump's threat, if carried out, could bolster moves towards a new regional trade pact that includes China.

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