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Chile Pacific Trade meeting seeks new path after failed TPP

  • Chile's Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Munoz, left, talks with Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray prior a meeting with representatives from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vina del Mar, Chile, Tuesday,March 14, 2017. Senior officials from the 12 countries of the TPP, plus China and South Korea, begin meeting at the seaside resort city for the first time since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Chile's Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Munoz, left, talks with Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray prior a meeting with representatives from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vina del Mar, Chile, Tuesday,March 14, 2017. Senior officials from the 12 countries of the TPP, plus China and South Korea, begin meeting at the seaside resort city for the first time since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chile's Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Munoz, left, shake hands with Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray prior a meeting with representatives from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vina del Mar, Chile, Tuesday,March 14, 2017. Senior officials from the 12 countries of the TPP, plus China and South Korea, begin meeting at the seaside resort city for the first time since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Chile's Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Munoz, left, shake hands with Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray prior a meeting with representatives from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vina del Mar, Chile, Tuesday,March 14, 2017. Senior officials from the 12 countries of the TPP, plus China and South Korea, begin meeting at the seaside resort city for the first time since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

  • Japan's government representative Takao Ochi, center, walks with representatives from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vina del Mar, Chile, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Representatives from countries that signed the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership are meeting in Chile to discuss a possible new regional trade deal, the first time the nations have met since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Japan's government representative Takao Ochi, center, walks with representatives from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vina del Mar, Chile, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Representatives from countries that signed the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership are meeting in Chile to discuss a possible new regional trade deal, the first time the nations have met since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

Representatives from countries that signed the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership are meeting in Chile to emphasize common economic interests and discuss a possible new regional trade deal.

Senior officials from the 12 countries of the TPP, plus China and South Korea, begin meeting Tuesday in the seaside resort city of Vina del Mar. It's the first time that the nations have met since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal.

Chile's Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz says the Asia Pacific meeting will be an opportunity to send a strong signal in favor of free trade and against protectionism.

The TPP was a centerpiece of U.S. economic policy in Asia during the previous administration of President Barack Obama.

Trump has said he prefers bilateral deals.