Jan 26, 2014

Tokyo, Washington agree to stay course on sealing TPP

Japan and the United States have agreed to continue to work closely on speedily concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi said after meeting Saturday with the U.S. trade chief on the fringes of the World Economic Forum in Davos, ...

Jan 17, 2014

U.S. wants TPP ministerial talks in late February

The United States has proposed convening a four-day ministerial meeting for the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks starting Feb. 22 in Singapore, a Japanese official said Thursday. The high-level gathering may not be held until March or later, however, ...

Jan 10, 2014

Congress debates fast-track powers

Lawmakers on Thursday proposed empowering trade negotiators to push ahead with major deals with Pacific Rim and European Union nations, but the move faces stiff opposition. Three key lawmakers on trade policy introduced a bill to give President Barack Obama “fast-track authority,” which would ...

Dec 20, 2013

Lift 'sacred' tariffs, U.S. farmers urge

A group of U.S. agricultural organizations has urged Japan to lift tariffs on sensitive farm products to secure the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, according to a document made available to Thursday. The American Farm Bureau Federation and 16 other organizations said it will ...

Dec 20, 2013

TPP concessions won't come easy, Abe tells U.S.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he was determined to swiftly conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks but that any concessions will not be made lightly in parallel talks with the United States. “We are having tough talks with the United States in the areas ...

Dec 13, 2013

TPP ministers eye meeting in London in late January: sources

Trade ministers from 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal plan to meet in London in late January, now that negotiations are unlikely to conclude by the end of this year, sources said Friday. The meeting has been tentatively set for around ...

TPP's 'myriad problems' mar Obama's Asia pivot

Dec 11, 2013

TPP's 'myriad problems' mar Obama's Asia pivot

The failure to finalize a landmark trans-Pacific trade pact this year as planned has dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s policy pivot to Asia. While negotiators say they have made substantial progress, myriad hurdles remain to the creation of a bloc encompassing a ...