18:57 8 October 2013
URGENT: TPP leaders build great momentum toward 2013 deal: Abe
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Oct. 8, Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday leaders from Asia-Pacific economies have built great momentum toward successfully concluding their negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord within the year.
"I believe we have created a major impetus toward concluding negotiations within the year," Abe told reporters after joining a one-day TPP summit in Bali, Indonesia.
But he also said the 12 negotiating countries still face some "difficult areas" to be discussed such as intellectual property, tariffs and the environment.