CPTPP members sceptical over Trump's U-turn on trade pact

Making material changes to the deal to accommodate overnight interest shown by US will be tough, they say

Members of an 11-nation Asia-Pacific free trade pact inked last month said yesterday they do not want to renegotiate the deal just to accommodate the United States' renewed overnight interest in it.

US President Donald Trump "is the kind of person who could change temperamentally, so he may say something different the next day", Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said in a cool response, despite welcoming the U-turn.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2018, with the headline 'CPTPP members sceptical over Trump's U-turn on trade pact'. Print Edition | Subscribe