Facing pressure from farm-state Republicans afraid of protectionist trade policies leading to trade war with China that would hit rural America.
Also expressing an interest in re-joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The deal aimed at streamlining trade and slashing tariffs was renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Senior Trump administration officials have said recently they’re looking at ways to possibly rejoin the pact.
Champagne says negotiations with Argentina, Brazil, Uraguay and could begin in earnest in the next 10 days.
Global Affairs Canada analysis predicts lower US imports into Canada.
Trade minister claims Canada won its greatest market access ever into the Japanese market.
Says Canada was overly generous by agreeing to the same import quotas for imported cheese.
Freedom of navigation that has allowed globalization and free trade to flourish is threatened by China.
Meanwhile Canadian, European, Indian leaders champion free trade.
Critics note tight-lipped manner is reminiscent of their secretive Conservative predecessors and the TPP deal.
Start now to replace potentially lost NAFTA access with more diversified trade.
Both signalled restraint about signing on to a new agreement; more discussion needed.
Canada wants updated agreement to contain progressive chapters on the environment, workers’ and women’s rights.
Expected to be a central topic at a meeting of leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation bloc.