The Liberals have been championing changes to the World Trade Organization (WTO), which has drawn the ire of US President Donald Trump.
Trade dispute is over American complaints that Beijing provides deep state subsidies for its businesses, and intellectual property theft.
…but experts suggest it could take years to finalize an agreement with the 10-nation bloc.
ASEAN region is nearly 650 million people and already Canada’s sixth-biggest trading partner.
Canada wants updated agreement to contain progressive chapters on the environment, workers’ and women’s rights.
TPP would be Canada’s biggest trade deal since NAFTA, encompassing a population of 790 million people.
Stalls on South China Sea disputes; China stalls on code of conduct.
Report says Canada needs to step up participation in Asian institutions.