Eleven nations sign revamped TPP deal without US Mar 09, 2018 0 376 12345 AFPSantiagoEleven nations signed a slimmed-down version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement Thursday, moving to lower tariffs just as US President Donald Trump seeks to raise them after withdrawing from the deal.The foreign ministers of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam officially created what is now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a market representing half a billion people and 13.5 percent of the global economy. Eleven Asia-Pacific nations met to sign a slimmed-down trade pact to lower tariffs just as US President Donald Trump sought to raise them after withdrawing from the deal last year.The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have represented 40 percent of the global economy and nearly one-quarter of its trade, was left for dead after Trump pulled out to pursue his"America First"agenda before the TPP could take effect. But the revamped deal, now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), is still a significant achievement that sends a message of openness, its supporters said ahead of the signing ceremony in Santiago, Chile. The 11 states form a market of 500 million people, greater than that of the European Union's single market."International trade is very much a live, despite what some people think,"said Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Snow storm in US Northeast closes schools, snarls commutes Mar 09, 2018 0 590 US president vows to be flexible towards 'real friends' on tariffs Mar 09, 2018 0 505 Brazilian shelters overwhelmed by influx of Venezuelans Mar 09, 2018 0 519 19 Venezuelan soldiers arrested on treason charges: Report Caracas: At least 19 Venezuelan army officers have been arrested on charges of rebellion and treason, the digital newspaper Tal Cual reported Thursday. The detained officers were commanders or second-in command. The .. Ex-Trump aide probed by US House committee over Russia WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, arrived at the US Capitol on Thursday to be interviewed by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee as it .. US tariffs, quotas unacceptable, says Canada trade minister SANTIAGO: Canada's trade minister reiterated on Thursday the country's stance that it will accept no duties or quotas from the United States, speaking just hours before U.S. President Donald Trump was slated .. US judge questions whether Trump can block Twitter users Reuters NEW YORK A federal judge on Thursday expressed skepticism about whether US President Donald Trump can constitutionally block Twitter users whose views he does not like from following and retweeting from his own .. US agencies need to join efforts against Russian cyber threat: Nato commander AFP Washington US government agencies are not adequately coordinating efforts to counter the cyber threat from Russia, even as Moscow conducts a"campaign of destabilization,"the commander of NATO forces in Europe .. FARC withdrawing from Colombian presidential race AFP Bogota Colombia's FARC said Thursday it is pulling out of the country's presidential race after its candidate, 59-year-old ex-guerrilla leader Rodrigo"Timochenko"Londono, suffered a heart attack. ..