Canada PM visits Vietnam, discusses trade with counterpart
Canada is actively engaged in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal talks but not rushing into a deal, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Vietnam on Wednesday (November 8), signaling less appetite to move ahead quickly after the deal was ditched by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trudeau made the comments after receiving a state welcoming ceremony in Hanoi by his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Canada’s position in TPP talks is complicated by the fact that it is also renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the U.S. Trump’s administration pulled out of the TPP agreement in one of its first acts.
Trudeau is also scheduled to meet with Vietnam’s top leaders before attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Danang later in the week.