GOP takeover could mean trouble for Japan

Nov 10, 2014

GOP takeover could mean trouble for Japan

by William Pesek

Perhaps no one in Asia is happier than Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party to see Republicans take over control of the U.S. Congress. In fact, Japan's plummeting currency and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal put Abe in a tough ...

U.S. sticks to own free trade vision as China touts another

Nov 9, 2014

U.S. sticks to own free trade vision as China touts another

Washington will prioritize its own plans for an Asia-Pacific free trade agreement, a top U.S. official said Sunday, even as China seeks to elevate a broader vision for the region. The rival trading powers’ ideas on opening markets have injected an element of discord ...

Nov 7, 2014

Abe skeptical about Obama's future influence on TPP talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is concerned about whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact talks will be finalized while U.S. President Barack Obama can wield influence, TPP minister Akira Amari indicated Thursday. “The prime minister is concerned” about how the negotiations will proceed following a ...

Oct 31, 2014

No prospect for TPP breakthrough at APEC: U.S.

U.S. trade chief Michael Froman said Thursday there is no prospect of clinching an agreement on a contentious Pacific free trade initiative at the upcoming summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. “We do not expect to have a final agreement on TPP at ...

TPP talks in Sydney end with no breakthrough

Oct 27, 2014

TPP talks in Sydney end with no breakthrough

Japan and the United States failed to reach a much-awaited breakthrough, seen as vital to advancing the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, at a three-day meeting on the proposed trade accord that wrapped in Sydney on Monday. The lack of progress between the largest TPP ...