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The 11 countries remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the pullout of the United States signed the revised trade pact on Thursday, in a show of unity in pushing free trade amid a rising protectionist threat by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The Asia-Pacific countries seek to bring the pact, renamed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and known as TPP 11, into force in early 2019 to create a trade bloc covering nearly 13 percent of the world’s gross domestic product and some 500 million people.

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