Obama warns TPP failure would let China write trade rules

Apr 18, 2015

Obama warns TPP failure would let China write trade rules

President Barack Obama, trying to sway skeptics on free trade among his supporters, said Friday that if the U.S. can’t come to terms on an accord being worked on with other Pacific nations, China will step in to fill the void. Asia has the ...

Apr 14, 2015

Japan won't cave in on TPP at summit, minister says

A Japan-U.S. summit planned for late April should not be seen as a deadline for reaching a bilateral deal seen as vital to concluding a 12-country Pacific free trade pact, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari said Tuesday. Japan and the United States, ...

Apr 11, 2015

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

Japan and the United States will resume working-level bilateral talks in Tokyo on Wednesday as part of Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations. During the talks, the two countries hope to reach draft agreements on the contentious areas of auto trade and farm tariffs ...

Apr 9, 2015

JA chief resigns after farm reform battle with Abe

The head of JA-Zenchu, Japan’s largest farm lobby and biggest opponent of a U.S.-led trade deal, announced his resignation a week after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet submitted a bill to the Diet to weaken its power. Akira Banzai, the chairman who was re-elected ...

TPP deal as important as new aircraft carrier: Pentagon chief

Apr 7, 2015

TPP deal as important as new aircraft carrier: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter waded into economic policy Monday, urging Congress to grant the president negotiating authority for a proposed Asia-Pacific trade deal. “Time is running out,” Carter told an audience at Arizona State University in Tempe. The U.S. and 11 other Asia-Pacific ...