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Canada says TPP is meaningless without U.S.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal cannot proceed without the United States, Canada said, even as Australia and New Zealand pledged to salvage it.

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U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 12-nation TPP on Monday, following through on an election promise days after his inauguration.

"This agreement was so constructed that it can only enter into force with the United States as a ratifying country," Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Calgary.

"So the TPP as a deal cannot happen without the United States being a party to it."

Earlier on Tuesday, Australia and New Zealand said they hoped to save the deal by encouraging China and other Asian countries to join the trade pact.

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