U.S., EU, Japan trade ministers agree to renew three-way partnership – statement

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai meets Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi in Tokyo
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai speaks to Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi at the start of their meeting at the Iikura Guest House in Tokyo, Japan, November 17 2021. Franck Robichon/Pool via REUTERS

November 17, 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) – The trade ministers of the United States, the European Union and Japan said on Wednesday they have agreed to renew a trilateral partnership to address global challenges posed by non-market policies and practices of third countries.

In a joint statement, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis and Japanese Trade Minister Koichi Hagiuda said they intended to meet in person on the margins of an upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

The conference will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

(Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)