Reuters DA NANG, Vietnam (Reuters) — A planned meeting of leaders of the 11 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership to decide on the fate of the trade pact did not take place on Friday, amid disagreements over how to take it forward without the United States.
The leaders were set to meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam to discuss how to push ahead with TPP.
Their meeting was preceded by conflicting comments from their delegations on Thursday, when the trade ministers met to firm up a plan to present to the leaders. Japan had said an agreement in principle had been reached, but Canada disputed that.
The leaders’ meeting had been scheduled for 1:45 p.m., but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to show up, according to people familiar with the matter.
“The meeting did not happen, work remains to be done and that’s what’s happening now,” a Canadian official said.