TPP member nations meet in Japan to secure progress on deal

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The remaining members of the TPP agreement are convening in Japan with the aim of moving the deal forward without the US.

The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are meeting in Japan this week in the hope of getting the ambitious free trade agreement back on track.

Chief negotiators of the 11 nations are holding three days of talks in Urayasu, aiming to pin down the broad terms of how a new-look deal will work ahead of a planned summit and ministerial meeting in early November.

Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru are all keen to move ahead with TPP, despite the setback caused by Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the deal.

Talks have been taking place every month since July, with negotiators having agreed to suspend around 50 rules that were part of the original TPP deal. These regulations will remain on ice unless the US decides to return to the agreement.

However, there remain a number of obstacles to a successful reorganization of TPP, with New Zealand's new government a lot more sceptical of the deal than their predecessors. Other nations - such as Vietnam - are also pushing for additional concessions.