Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (top C) looks on as Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng (2nd L) and Australia's Trade Minister Andrew Robb (2nd R) sign a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries in Canberra on June 17, 2015. Australia and China signed a landmark trade deal on June 17 after a decade of talks, providing a boon for growth and jobs by abolishing tariffs across a raft of sectors. Others pictured are unidentified. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Lukas Coch

Trade ministers from the Pacific rim have pledged to move forward with the TPP free trade pact, with or without the US. Following a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, the eleven countries still committed to the Trans Pacific Partnership said they had agreed on a November deadline for presenting an assessment of options to start the ball rolling. President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal days after taking office.

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