Aso wary of inking bilateral trade deal with U.S.

/ Apr 22, 2017

Aso wary of inking bilateral trade deal with U.S.

Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday sounded a cautious note about the potential benefits of striking a bilateral trade deal with the United States, saying it would not necessarily give Washington better terms than the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership accord, from which it recently withdrew. ...

Aso, Pence plan first economic dialogue April 18 in Tokyo

Mar 24, 2017

Aso, Pence plan first economic dialogue April 18 in Tokyo

Japan and the United States plan to hold the first round of their high-level economic dialogue in Tokyo on April 18 to discuss infrastructure investment, trade rules and macroeconomic policy, sources have said. The framework, to be led by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, ...

U.S. issues trade challenge at fraught G-20

Mar 19, 2017

U.S. issues trade challenge at fraught G-20

The United States on Saturday challenged long-standing global principles surrounding free trade, refusing to renew past anti-protectionist pledges and threatening to reopen negotiations on World Trade Organization deals. In a first sign of what Donald Trump’s “America First” push spells for the world, finance ...

Mar 19, 2017

Gist of Group of 20 finance chiefs' communique

In the communique released Saturday after a two-day meeting of Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers, the finance chiefs: Drop a pledge to resist all forms of protectionism. Vow to “strengthen the contribution of trade” to their economies. Say excess volatility and ...