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 ...

WikiLeaks offers $100,000 for TPP document

Jun 3, 2015

WikiLeaks offers $100,000 for TPP document

Self-styled whistleblower website WikiLeaks is offering $100,000 for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership draft, which some see as a central plank of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic pivot to Asia. WikiLeaks has published leaked chapters of the TPP negotiating text before, but on Tuesday began ...

May 27, 2015

TPP meeting ends without setting date for ministerial session

Chief negotiators from countries involved in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative wrapped up their latest round of negotiations in Guam on Wednesday, without setting a date for a ministerial meeting to reach a broad agreement. The 12 countries in the negotiations have ...

U.S. Senate OKs fast-track trade authority for Obama

May 23, 2015

U.S. Senate OKs fast-track trade authority for Obama

In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Senate passage of the trade bill capped two weeks ...

May 21, 2015

TPP nations to give up on Guam ministerial meeting as TPA pends

The 12 countries engaged in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks have given up on holding a ministerial meeting in Guam, informed sources said. They dropped the plan for the meeting on the broad free trade accord because it is uncertain whether the U.S. Congress ...

May 19, 2015

Strike TPP deal as soon as possible, former U.S trade rep says

The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are important for both the United States and Japan, and an early conclusion is desirable for the 12-country talks, former U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor said in a recent interview. “It is in both countries’ interest that the ...