Malaysia, Singapore back TPP bid

Kyodo

Malaysia and Singapore expressed support for Japan’s plan to join the U.S.-led trans-Pacific free-trade agreement.

Japanese foreign affairs and trade officials met with their Malaysian counterparts Friday for over three hours to gather input on the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative.

Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed told reporters Thursday that Malaysia welcomes Japan’s participation in the TPP process.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, a Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry representative said after a preliminary meeting between Japanese and Singapore trade officials on the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks that the country welcomes and supports Japan’s interest in the TPP.

The officials exchanged views on the “high ambitions” of the TPP and the “importance of new members contributing positively to the negotiation process,” she said.

The Japanese delegation was led by Masahiko Saito, a senior official in the economic division of the Foreign Ministry.