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Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a pending disaster

TPP sign

Republicans, who now run Congress, say they want to cooperate with President Barack Obama and point to the administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as the model. The only problem is that the TPP would be a disaster.

The TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big […]


U.S. Hasn’t Decided on Expanding Pacific Talks, Obama Aide Says

The Obama administration hasn’t made a decision about adding Japan, Mexico and Canada to a Pacific-region trade accord being negotiated by nine nations, a top economic adviser to President Barack Obama said.

The Pacific agreement, a trade priority for Obama, includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam. Japan, Mexico, […]


Japan Delays Decision on Trans-Pacific Pact

Japan will delay any decisions on whether to join negotiations toward a U.S.-led trans-Pacific free trade agreement under new economic policy guidelines the government adopted Tuesday.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is a regional free trade initiative currently being negotiated among the U.S. and eight other Asia-Pacific countries — Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, […]


Obama tells Wen China must do more on currency

President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiaba.

US President Barack Obama told Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that China must do more to revalue its yuan currency, in a “candid” two-hour meeting, which did not appear to shift Beijing’s position.

The president cited recent US complaints in the World Trade Organization against allegedly unfair […]


Ottawa gov signs free trade pact with Panama

Canadian and Panamanian trade ministers on Friday signed a Canada-Panama free trade agreement that will grant access to Canadian firms to help in a 5.2-billion dollar Panama Canal expansion. In addition to lowering tariffs in a broad range of sectors, including creating new opportunities for the Canadian construction, manufacturing and agriculture industries, the pact will […]


White House Unveils Plan to Double U.S. Exports

When Mr. Obama announced during his State of the Union speech last week that he wanted to double exports, he praised the idea of forging stronger trade ties with Panama, Colombia and Korea. But pointedly stopped short of urging lawmakers to approve the deals, which had been signed by Mr. Bush. Some Democrats in Congress […]