When Obama took office in 2009, he continued discussions. In 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the TPP as the strategic hub of the United States for the Asia-Pacific. After 19 formal rounds of negotiations and many other separate meetings, the participating countries agreed in October 2015 and signed the pact in early 2016. The agreement stipulates that the “Year 1 LDCs” for tariff reductions will be the calendar year following the date of their LDC graduation. The Solomon Islands, for example, will be considered for a closing ceremony at the next three-year review of the UN Development Policy Committee in March 2018. If the Solomon Islands were recommended and such a recommendation was approved by the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly, the country could be completed as early as 2021, even if later deadlines are possible. Tariff reductions could therefore begin in 2022. Most tariffs would be zero by 2032 and tariffs on all products would be abolished by 2047. In February 2019, Canada`s Minister of International Trade Diversification, Jim Carr, delivered a keynote address at a seminar on CPTPP – Expanding Your Business Horizons, where he is addressing companies that describe the use of the gateway agreement as a bridge to more easily share people, goods and services.  Could the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) come back from the dead? This is at least a possibility after the publication last Sunday of a carefully worded statement at an APEC ministerial meeting in Vietnam. In the declaration, the agreement of the eleven remaining partners of the TPP, with the exception of…
Japan`s main competition in the region is China, both of which have polar views on how Southeast Asia`s economy should develop. [Citation required] Before the TPP, Japan sought supremacy by creating the Asian Monetary Fund (MFA), which the United States blocked. Until 2011, Japan reached a cooperation agreement with China and Korea, known as the PRC-Japan-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement, also known as the CJK Free Trade Agreement, which did not include Japan`s intention to use the People`s Republic of China map to relocate TPP negotiations off Japan`s agenda with U.S. support.  Ratification in Japan required political reforms that shifted some authority from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Prime Minister.  On 9 December 2016, a decision on participation was taken in the House of Representatives and the closure of national ratification procedures at the treaty`s custodian (New Zealand) was the first country to be ratified on 20 January 2017.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement was signed on February 4, 2016, but never entered into force, as Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement shortly after their election.  All of the original signatories to the TPP, with the exception of the United States, agreed in May 2017 to revitalize them and concluded the CPTPP in January 2018. The signing ceremony took place on March 8, 2018 in Santiago, Chile.   The CPTPP contains most of the provisions of the TPP as a reference, but it has suspended 22 provisions that the United States preferred to have other countries oppose and lowered the threshold for adoption, so that U.S. participation is not necessary.  The agreement provides that its provisions will come into force 60 days after ratification by at least 50% of the signatories (six of the eleven participating countries).
 The sixth nation that ratified the agreement was Australia on October 31, and the agreement entered into force for the first six ratification countries on December 30, 2018.  Two-thirds of the provisions of the signed CPTPP are identical to the proposed TPP at the time the United States left the negotiation process.