Islam Times 18 Jul 2018 112018000000Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:04:16 -0400 11:04 -------------------------------------------------- Title : EU-Japan Free Trade Deal Sends Message against US Protectionism -------------------------------------------------- Islam Times - Japan and the European Union (EU) have signed a sweeping free trade deal Tuesday, with European Council President Donald Tusk saying it was a "clear message" against protectionism as Washington imposes controversial tariffs and threatens a trade war. Text : The deal signed in Tokyo by the EU s top officials and Japan s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is one of the world s biggest free trade deals that promises to eliminate 99 percent of tariffs that cost businesses in the EU and Japan nearly 1 billion ($1.17 billion) annually. According to the European Commission, the EU-Japan "Economic Partnership Agreement" (EPA) will create a trade zone covering 600 million people and nearly a third of global GDP. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the deal "shows the world the unshaken political will of Japan and the EU to lead the world as the champions of free trade at a time when protectionism has spread." Donald Tusk said also, said "We are sending a clear message that we stand together against protectionism". "Together we are making -- by signing this agreement -- a statement about free and fair trade, we are showing that we are stronger and better off when we work together," added Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker. The huge deal was signed as President Donald Trump unsettles allies and provokes rivals with his aggressive "America First" trade policy. Both the EU and Japan have been hit with new US tariffs despite their longstanding alliances with Washington. Juncker said the deal sent a message that "trade is about more than tariffs and barriers, it is about values". "There is no protection in protectionism," he said.