U.S. allies sign sweeping trade deal in challenge to Trump

SANTIAGO, Chile — A trade pact originally conceived by the United States to counter China’s growing economic might in Asia now has a new target: President Trump’s embrace of protectionism.

A group of 11 nations — including major U.S. allies such as Japan, Canada and Australia — signed a broad trade deal Thursday that challenges Trump’s view of trade as a zero-sum game filled with winners and losers.

Covering 500 million people on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, the pact represents a new vision for global trade as the United States threatens to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on even its closest friends and neighbors.