Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed Sunday to work together to conclude a U.S.-led free trade pact, and urged leaders of the negotiating countries to exercise the political will needed to clinch an agreement, Japanese officials said.
Abe and Harper are in Beijing to attend a two-day summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum starting Monday. They met a day before a meeting of leaders of the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is to take place on the sidelines of the APEC summit.
The 12 TPP negotiating countries are the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. They are all among the 21 members of APEC.