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PM Lee: Time running out for TPP to be ratified

He hopes Obama can push pact through, but is concerned with anti-trade rhetoric in US presidential campaign

Mr Obama with PM Lee during the US-Asean Summit in Rancho Mirage in California on Tuesday. Behind them are National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry.

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong remains hopeful that US President Barack Obama can push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact and get it implemented before he leaves the White House next January.

This mega free trade pact involves 12 Pacific Rim nations, including