Amari says TPP trade chiefs unlikely to meet in August

Aug 7, 2015

Amari says TPP trade chiefs unlikely to meet in August

Economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari admitted Friday it will be difficult to reconvene a meeting of trade ministers on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative by the end of August as had been initially planned. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, meanwhile, expressed ...

Aug 6, 2015

TPP ministerial talks unlikely to be held by end of August

Trade ministers from the 12 countries involved in a Pacific Rim free trade deal are unlikely to meet again by the end of this month amid remaining differences that prevented them from finalizing negotiations last week, sources said Thursday. Japan, the United States and ...

Kerry pushes Asia trade pact in Singapore

Aug 4, 2015

Kerry pushes Asia trade pact in Singapore

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion. Speaking in Singapore, Kerry said the Trans-Pacific Partnership would benefit the people of all nations involved and serve as ...

| Aug 3, 2015

Let's discuss rice and the TPP

Japan is proposing to set a 70,000-ton tariff-free import quota for U.S. rice in bilateral talks for a Pacific free trade agreement, in return for maintaining a high tariff on the country's staple food.

No final deal in TPP trade talks

Aug 1, 2015

No final deal in TPP trade talks

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Efforts to conclude the framework for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement ended in failure Saturday, with negotiators unable to bridge differences over issues ranging from pharmaceutical patents to expanded imports of agricultural, and particularly dairy, products. The latest round of talks in Hawaii between Australia, ...

Aug 1, 2015

No final deal in TPP trade talks, negotiators say

Delegates negotiating a huge Pacific free-trade agreement said Friday they have failed to reach a final deal after several days of intense talks in Hawaii, in a setback to U.S. President Barack Obama. But U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, in a statement on behalf ...

Ministers continue TPP talks in Hawaii as clock ticks

Jul 31, 2015

Ministers continue TPP talks in Hawaii as clock ticks

Trade ministers from 12 countries continued negotiations on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday, with outstanding issues proving to be more difficult than expected. Ministers were hoping to announce the outcome of the talks at a joint news conference planned for Friday afternoon following ...