Trade could make or break Obama pivot to Asia

| Jun 18, 2015

Trade could make or break Obama pivot to Asia

Critics have long predicted that President Barack Obama’s policy to shift America’s focus toward Asia is doomed. The legislative battle over his trade agenda could prove the acid test. Legislation to smooth the way for a free-trade pact with 11 other Asia-Pacific nations hit ...

Clinton backs TPP foes, complicating Obama push

Jun 16, 2015

Clinton backs TPP foes, complicating Obama push

Hillary Rodham Clinton complicated President Barack Obama’s quest for fast-track authority on his Pacific Rim trade pact Monday by throwing her support behind fellow Democrats who revolted against the measure last week, while the U.S. Congress further delayed action on related legislation. Clinton’s criticism ...

Jun 14, 2015

Asia-Pacific negotiators end talks without free trade goal

Negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries ended their eighth round of talks to promote a deal that would free up their trade early Sunday, falling short of setting any ambitious goal of eliminating tariffs. The working-level meeting, which began last Monday in Kyoto, involving the ...

Obama's quest for fast-track trade bill on hold in U.S. House

Jun 13, 2015

Obama's quest for fast-track trade bill on hold in U.S. House

A raging battle over President Barack Obama’s request for fast-track authority, seen as central to improving U.S. ties with Asia, will resume in the House of Representatives in the coming week, when lawmakers are expected to try to reverse Friday’s defeat of linchpin trade ...

Obama's trade quest in Congress trails him to German G-7 summit

Jun 8, 2015

Obama's trade quest in Congress trails him to German G-7 summit

U.S. President Barack Obama’s politically fraught trade quest in Washington trailed him across the Atlantic on Sunday, as he met with world leaders anxiously watching a debate on Capitol Hill that could impact the status of economic pacts with the Asia-Pacific region and with ...

Malaysian jungle graves add to Obama's TPP headache in Congress

Jun 6, 2015

Malaysian jungle graves add to Obama's TPP headache in Congress

The discovery of scores of graves in people-smuggling camps in Malaysia is casting a shadow over President Barack Obama’s signature trade deal as U.S. lawmakers consider punishing trading partners that are soft on human trafficking. Just as Obama’s drive to win fast-track trade negotiating ...

Jun 5, 2015

India's blocking imports of U.S. poultry, eggs is unfair, WTO rules

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that India is unfairly blocking imports of U.S. poultry and eggs. The Obama administration called the decision a major victory that should greatly expand export opportunities for American farmers. The ruling announced Thursday by the Geneva-based ...