Tokyo, November 9: Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has departed for his 7-day trip to attend the annual meeting of regional leaders. The Japanese leader who has left for Vietnam and Philippines also has plans to have bilateral talks with global leaders like Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Japan is trying to promote free-trade in Asia-Pacific region for long days. Hence in the forum of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Japanese Prime Minister will try to promote free and fair trade along with issues about the economy to support sustainable economies.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also said Japan "plans to lead discussions to serve as a driving force in promoting free trade and the economy in the Asia-Pacific region."
In January, Washington withdrew Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal leaving Japan as a major force in TPP. Hence the remaining signatories will try this time to reach an accord to bring the treaty without the US.