APEC: Canada, Mexico open to US-backed trade zone

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - November 13, 2011

The White House press secretary issued a statement saying Obama welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's indication his government would begin talks on joining the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership.

It said that together with similar announcements by Japan and Mexico, the news shows the "broadening momentum and dynamism" of the effort to work toward an eventual regionwide free trade zone.

The U.S. Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, also welcomed the positive overtures from America's "neighbors and largest export markets."

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