Trump against the world?
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International trade policy requires three traits to be successful and lead to mutual prosperity. Trump's is missing all three, as he showed at the G-7 summit.
Trump has made some big promises on trade.
The Trump administration has outlined its plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
China and the US are at the centre of multilateral trade talk disagreements.
With no sign of resolution in the near future the collapse of multilateral trade negotiations, tagged as the Doha round, risks breeding a major crisis.
China didn’t get a seat at the TPP table (even in Beijing).
Some say the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was designed specifically to exclude or even encircle China. So do its leaders mind being on the outs?
Japan agreed to lower tariffs on beef as a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Japan's decision to lower or eliminate tariffs on rice, pork and beef may end up giving the prime minister a headache as he tries to get the trade accord through Parliament.
About 98% of US exporters are small businesses.
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The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership belies the fact that the US's share of trade in the region has been declining for some time.
TTIP has stumbled on a block of Feta, among other things.
The US may be closer than people think to a deal over geographical indications, laws that protect products based on their location such as Champagne, Darjeeling tea and prosciutto di Parma.
An important sticking point in TTIP negotiations has US and European representatives fighting over food labels.
Trade minister Andrew Robb attends negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership in Sydney last year.
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Over the next few weeks, the trade minister will be under intense pressure to renege on the government’s commitment to reject anything in the Trans Pacific Partnership that could undermine the PBS.
Even if President Obama gets his fast-track trading authority, his Pacific trade legacy faces a long slog.
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The fierce debate in the US Congress that almost derailed the president's trade agenda is likely to replay itself in many of the 11 other capitals that are party to the deal.
Unimpressed MEPs take a stand on TTIP.
MEPs are fuming that they were denied a debate on the controversial trade deal.
If the proposals are agreed, they could delay the market entry of generic medicines in the region – and the impact will be felt around the world.
Seven rounds of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership have already taken place with virtually no public debate. The next round of negotiations begins today in Kyoto, Japan.
President Clinton trumpeted NAFTA’s labor protections when he signed the deal into law in 1993.
NAFTA promised strong labor protections but failed to deliver. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is headed in the same direction.
John Kerry talks trade with workers at Boeing
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President Obama wants to get on the fast track. Will Congress give it to him?
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The bill in Congress represents a healthy compromise that gives the president negotiating room while offering lawmakers more say on key trade issues.
Will negotiators play a game of chicken or be able to clink champagne glasses over a nice chicken dinner?
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