Trans-Pacific Partnership

Japan, US rule out re-opening of trade pact

The US and Japan governments have made it clear that there wouldn't be re-opening a Pacific trade deal and further stated that any such attempt would further damage the whole pact.

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Obama confident that Congress will vote in favor of TPP

US President Barrack Obama makes his first public remarks in front of business leaders at the U.S. Agriculture Department saying that he is confident that Congress will approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

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Nike backs Obama on trade with pledge to create 10,000 U.S. jobs

Sports shoe maker Nike Inc put its weight behind President Barack Obama's push for a trade deal with Asian countries on Friday with a promise to create up to 10,000 U.S.-based manufacturing jobs if the pact is approved.

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Pacific pact negotiators agree trade rules for six subjects: Japan government source

Negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed trade rules for six broad categories as officials race to conclude a trade pact, a Japanese government source said on Thursday.

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Trade bill key to Pacific pact clears Senate panel

Legislation to give the White House "fast track" authority to nail down a Pacific trade pact cleared its first hurdle in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as a committee backed the bill and sent it to the full Senate for consideration.

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Japan, U.S. sound optimistic on TPP trade pact negotiations

Japan's top trade negotiator sounded an optimistic note on Tuesday that he could reach a deal with the United States that is essential to creating a free trade pact covering 12 countries.

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White House sees China as trump card in trade debate

The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds it is a chance for the United States, rather than China, to dictate the rules of Asian trade, a top official said on Thursday.

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United States urges update to fast-track trade authority

The United States' top trade official urged lawmakers on Monday to update legislation streamlining the passage of trade deals through Congress to reflect the new global economy.

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Doctors warn of healthcare impact from Pacific trade pact

Doctors and health professionals from both sides of the Pacific on Thursday said they worry that a major regional trade pact could result in higher medical costs and urged a full assessment of the pact's impact on healthcare.

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'Zombies' haunt Vietnam's trade bonanza bid

Nguyen Nam owns an engineering services firm in Ho Chi Minh City that pays no taxes nor any salaries. The flip side is it earns no revenue either.

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Japan farming reforms a stiff test of Abe's resolve

After December's landslide re-election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's program to revive the nation's economy is set to meet perhaps its stiffest challenge, the nation's sclerotic farming industry.

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Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade agenda.

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Top U.S. trade negotiator says Pacific pact nearly ready

The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers on Tuesday an ambitious Pacific trade pact could be wrapped up within months as he urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda.

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Mexico says Pacific free trade deal 'feasible' in mid-March

A deal on a 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade pact could be concluded in mid-March, Mexico's economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said on Thursday.

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United States says trade holdouts can't keep global deals hostage

New world trade talks had to level the playing field between developed and developing economies on farm support and avoid being held hostage by countries unwilling to open markets, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said in an opinion piece to be published on Thursday.

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