MANILA – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday sought Malaysia’s cooperation to get the 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact up and running, excluding the United States.
Abe made the call at a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Manila.
Najib thanked Japan for its leadership in helping the 11 countries reach a broad accord on the new TPP.
The broad agreement was hammered out in ministerial talks among the countries, including Japan and Malaysia, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang last week, after the U.S. withdrew from the original 12-nation TPP in January.
At a separate meeting later Sunday, Abe and Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo confirmed close cooperation between their countries over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile development, and the situation in the South China Sea, where China is accelerating moves to build military footholds.
Abe flew to the Philippine capital Sunday afternoon to attend a series of summit talks related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, including the East Asia Summit, after taking part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and holding a series of bilateral summits in Danang.