Japan, European Union sign free trade deal to defy Trump protectionism

Japan and the European Union signed a wide-ranging free trade deal on Tuesday that both sides hope will act as a counterweight to the protectionist forces unleashed by US President Donald Trump.

The ambitious trade pact, which creates the world’s largest open economic area, comes amid fears that a trade war between the United States and China will diminish the role of free trade in the global economic order.  "There are rising concerns about protectionism, but I want Japan and the EU to lead the world by bearing.....

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