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Pacific trade deal nearing completion despite delay, Kerry insists

The TPP countries -- Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the US -- have faced criticism for carrying out their negotiations in what opponents have charged is intense secrecyAsia-Pacific countries negotiating a vast free-trade pact are “nearing completion” of a landmark agreement, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, days after delegates failed to seal the deal in Hawaii. Kerry said the 12 countries including the US and Japan negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) had made good progress on reaching an accord following talks that ended on Friday in Maui, but “as with any complex negotiation…there remains details to be hashed out”. “My friends, this is a moment of exceptional opportunity for the Asia-Pacific.

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