TPP countries to discuss agreement in principle on trade deal: Japan

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will travel to Vietnam for the APEC leaders' summit

However, Canada's Trade Minister dismissed the reports as a "misunderstanding", and said Canada took the time it needed to push for stronger protections related to the environment and labour.

An earlier issue over wording, thought to involve Vietnam, has been resolved.

However, the Prime Minister's Office insisted that Canada was not the only country to raise concerns.

The political drama included a scheduled meeting of TPP leaders that the Canadian prime minister did not attend and that was ultimately cancelled, leading to worldwide media reports that Canada had "screwed" its TPP allies after getting cold feet.

David Parker said it was not clear whether the talks would resume. Adding to the confusion, she said she was under the impression Canada had withdrawn from negotiations.

While APEC includes 21 member countries, the 11 nations of the TPP include New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

She also suggested Canada wasn't the only one to blame for Friday's cancellation. "We have no update on when they are likely to convene", she said.

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Canada's resistance to the new TPP does not come out entirely of the blue.

Canadian Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne (R) is seen at the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministerial Meeting during the APEC 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam November 9, 2017.

Earlier this week, Trudeau said wasn't going to be pressured into committing to an agreement "at all costs" and that it would have to address the best interests of Canadians.

Among options being discussed by TPP countries is whether to suspend some provisions of the original agreement to avoid having to renegotiate it and potentially to entice the United States back in the long term, officials said.

Trudeau's lengthy bilateral discussion with Abe started before the meeting's cancellation.

"We walked into a meeting and they were the only one absent". But they only clasped hands after someone in the room said: "Shake hands please".

Ministers from the so-called "TPP 11" had agreed in principle to the new deal on Thursday, and leaders were supposed to give a final green light on Friday.

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