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Mixed reaction in Asia over US trade deal setback

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The vote against Mr Obama's trade-related bills is a blow to Mr Abe, who wanted to forge a wide-ranging trade pact with the US.

Tokyo

THE failure of a package of trade-related measures on Friday in the US House of Representatives was a blow to President Barack Obama, but it was also a blow to his ally, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, half a world away.

Mr Abe has made reviving Japan's stubbornly anaemic

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