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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she will not give a commitment to US President Barack Obama Sunday that Thailand will join the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. 

However, Ms Yingluck said she would ask for more details of the TPP -- which has been criticised by some US congressmen and foreign policy experts for not being transparent -- so it could be further studied. Local academics and consumer advocates have warned that entry into the TPP would hurt consumers and Thailand's economic competitiveness.

"A number of parties have expressed concern about Thailand's participation in the TPP," Ms Yingluck said.

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