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U.S. trade chief Michael Froman said Thursday there is no prospect of clinching an agreement on a contentious Pacific free trade initiative at the upcoming summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

“We do not expect to have a final agreement on TPP at APEC” in Beijing, Froman said at an event in Washington, referring to the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which involves the United States and 11 other countries.

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