Apr 9, 2014

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs aim for TPP progress before Obama visit

Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs met Wednesday to discuss outstanding bilateral issues related to the ongoing Pacific trade talks — striving to break the stalemate in negotiations ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo in just two weeks. Akira Amari, Japan’s minister ...

TPP more ambitious than Japan-Australia deal: U.S. trade chief

Apr 8, 2014

TPP more ambitious than Japan-Australia deal: U.S. trade chief

The U.S. trade chief said Tuesday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative aims at a higher level of trade liberalization than the accord reached by Japan and Australia, playing down the impact of the bilateral agreement on the broader TPP negotiations. “I don’t think it ...

Australian FTA limits Obama's TPP options

| Apr 8, 2014

Australian FTA limits Obama's TPP options

by Eric Johnston

The Japan-Australia free trade deal that lowers or ends tariffs on Australian beef and dairy exports to Japan and on Japanese exports of machinery, consumer electronics, auto parts and food products to Australia, now puts pressure on the United States — and President Barack ...

Aussie beef industry hails EPA with Japan

Apr 8, 2014

Aussie beef industry hails EPA with Japan

The Australian beef industry welcomed Tuesday a broad accord between Japan and Australia to conclude a bilateral economic partnership agreement (EPA) for free trade. “Over the next 20 years, sales of Australian beef to Japan are expected to rise by 5.5 billion (Australian) dollars ...

Apr 7, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume working-level TPP talks

Japan and the United States resumed bilateral working-level talks on a Pacific free trade deal Monday in Tokyo, aiming to break a deadlock over Japanese tariffs on farm products that is holding the deal up. The talks between Hiroshi Oe, Japan’s deputy chief negotiator ...

Apr 6, 2014

Bumpy road ahead to Aussie FTA

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said substantive issues remained in trade negotiations with Japan as the two nations rushed to conclude a free trade agreement before their prime ministers meet on Monday. “We made progress. There are still a couple of substantial issues we ...

Apr 4, 2014

Amari, Froman arranging to meet over TPP

Akira Amari, minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, said Friday he may meet with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman if the two countries can make progress on settling their differences over tariff issues during working-level negotiations next week. While Amari did not ...

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

Apr 4, 2014

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

by Krista Hughes

The United States pressed Japan on Thursday to open its farm and auto markets to overseas competition and said it cannot expect special treatment in a Pacific free trade pact covering one-third of global imports and exports. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told U.S. ...

Apr 2, 2014

Abe, Obama aiming for TPP deal by month-end

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed last week to aim at reaching a broad accord in talks related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations by the time the two leaders meet in late April, sources said Wednesday. They ...