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Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal released, includes Malaysia


  • Economy
  • Thursday, 22 Feb 2018

New Zealand’s Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker speaks to reporters during a news conference regarding the revised text for the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Wellington, New Zealand, February 21, 2018.  - Reuters

New Zealand’s Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker speaks to reporters during a news conference regarding the revised text for the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Wellington, New Zealand, February 21, 2018. - Reuters

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday, signalling the pact was a step closer to reality even without its star member the United States.

More than 20 provisions have been suspended or changed in the final text ahead of the deal's official signing in March, including rules around intellectual property originally included at the behest of Washington.

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