JOURNALIST: What’s Australia’s position with regard to the future, the road forward now? Is it TPP minus one plus two? Is it a brand new concoction? How does Australia see it?
STEVEN CIOBO: It's probably best to ask that question after tomorrow. Certainly at this stage, Australia is very unapologetically pro-liberalised trade, pro-free trade and it's served our country very well for many decades. The fact is Australia does well through liberalised trade. We've just secured in recent years, major free trade agreements with China, with Korea and with Japan. Those agreements have underpinned the economic growth and the strong economic growth we've seen in Australia, which in turn underpins jobs in Australia, so we're very pro-trade.
JOURNALIST: How much of a blow is it then that President Donald Trump withdrew from the TPP? What does that mean?
STEVEN CIOBO: It was disappointing, but not unexpected. President Trump delivered upon his commitment that he took to the election in the United States that he would withdraw the US from the TPP. As I said, it's disappointing, but it's not unexpected. That's why tomorrow's meeting, the chance for us all to chat, will be an important opportunity.
JOURNALIST: I know that different countries have different positions. I know that Chile's position and I think, from what I understand is also Australia’s, is that incorporating China and Korea into a blocked role of Pacific Rim countries would be seen [inaudible]?
STEVEN CIOBO: I think we shouldn't get too far ahead of ourselves. We're having the opportunity tomorrow for TPP countries and Pacific Alliance to come together, to talk about trade in the region, to talk about alternatives and pathways forward. That's an important contribution for people to have and an important discussion for us to have at this early stage in 2017. I applaud Minister Munoz and the Chilean Government for bringing everyone together and we're going to be participating in good faith.
JOURNALIST: What would Australia like to see coming out of this meeting? Is there any specifics that you'd like to see in the communique tomorrow, or any discussions that you'd like?
STEVEN CIOBO: No as I said. Australia’s participating in good faith in this good discussion. Australia is unapologetically pro free and liberalised trade. It served our nation very well. I want good trade deals that are good for Australia, serve our national interest. Most importantly contribute to Australia's economic growth and contribute to Australians having jobs. The inescapable fact is this: good trade deals are trade deals that provide win-win outcomes. Good for both countries or if it's a regional agreement, good for all countries involved. We're going to continue to engage in good faith. We're going to continue to explore opportunities, to open up new markets for Australia.
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