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Pentagon chief backs TPP deal

Ashton Carter warns that Asian markets are being gobbled up by global competitors

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Mr Carter: "... passing TPP is as important to me as another aircraft carrier".

Tempe, Arizona

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter threw the weight of the Pentagon behind President Barack Obama's fight to push a trade deal with Asia through Congress, warning that Asian markets are being gobbled up by global competitors.

Mr Carter linked the military strength of

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