Storm clouds are gathering in the Pacific.
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Disputes over intellectual property and car parts are emerging as last-minute hurdles as negotiators race to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of elections.
South African exports to the rest of the continent have more than doubled over the past 20 years. This has been driven by agricultural products, including maize.
The demand for agricultural products in Africa is expected to rise over the next 35 years due to factors such as population growth, urbanisation, economic growth and changing diets.
Negotiators appear to be giving Japan’s rice farmers short shrift.
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Japanese negotiators in Maui appear to be bending to American pressure to accept more US rice imports. The flood of grain, local farmers say, will end their way of life.
There's plenty of noise but also some genuine concerns about how the TTIP trade agreement could force healthcare privatisation.
Signing the China FTA was just the start.
Exporters like Australia's trade agreements, but the public will take more convincing on the benefits.
Trade among African countries is the lowest globally as barriers to the easy movement of goods across borders remain.
Sub-Saharan African countries have the lowest trade among themselves compared with other regions. This is why there has been a major focus on reducing red tape and other non-tariff trade barriers
Republicans and Democrats have a hard time agreeing on anything, but the issue of trade seems to defy party affiliation.
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The passage of fast-track trading authority represents a rare moment of bipartisan compromise. How did it happen?
Trade Minister Andrew Robb continues to argue the case for the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership.
While Australians understand the political benefits of free trade agreements, many remain divided on the economic merit.
The president offers a toast to Congress.
The fight over fast-track that pitted the president against his own party offers reasons for both pessimism and optimism in future trade deals.
A deal ten years in the making.
Political issues have left ChAFTA an imperfect agreement in which the government has been forced to pick winners and losers.
The president’s last ditch effort to woo House Democrats and their leader, Nancy Pelosi, failed.
President Obama pulled out all the stops in recent days, but it wasn't enough to convince House Democrats that he would negotiate a fair trade deal in the Pacific.
The fight over fast-track trade authority increasingly resembles a Shakespearean tragedy.
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Events in Washington this week on the proposed historic 12-member Trans-Pacific trade agreement have had all the key elements of a Shakespearean tragedy. A resolute, noble and well-intentioned ruler (played…
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.
Fast-track proponents say passing trade promotion authority is key to supporting US exports.
Passage of trade promotion authority is still far from certain, but yesterday's Senate vote may signal good news for the trade deals it's meant to help.
Australian cattle wait to be loaded onto a ship to Indonesia. Their voyage to the United States would be even longer.
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Australia's cattle industry is keen to begin live exports to the United States. But America is very different to existing live export markets such as Indonesia, making the move much more ethically fraught.
A still from a NSW election ad, run on television and online, which says “selling the electricity network is wrong; selling it to another country is just not on”.
Labor and the unions have decided to play the China card in the NSW election. Such scare campaigns ignore the facts, including that Australia has invested almost as much in China as China has here.
Long-discussed, TTIP negotiations started in 2013.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will be the world's biggest free trade agreement. But what's at stake?
Not all it’s cracked up to be.
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Don't believe the hype about free trade, there are zero guarantees it will make us better off.
Trade Minister Andrew Robb hasn’t dropped the ball on India.
Australia’s trade mission to India under Andrew Robb last week provided a much needed impetus to conclude an Australia-India free trade agreement in 2015. This would be a crowning achievement for the current…
Direct negotiations between top leaders may be the best and only way to get significant trade deals done, which requires fast-track authority.
With the resounding Republican victory in November’s midterm elections, most pundits are despairing that Congress and President Barack Obama will find any areas for cooperation in the coming two years…