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153 Democratic lawmakers push U.S. to toughen up Trans-Pacific Partnership rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. trade negotiators must insist on tough standards on human and workers’ rights in a Pacific trade deal spanning 12 countries, more than 150 Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to the Obama administration on Thursday. The lawmakers, who make up three-quarters of the Democrats in the…

Trans-Pacific Partnership talks to intensify as key players remain divided

Asia-Pacific trade ministers said Tuesday they would intensify talks on a vast trans-Pacific free trade agreement, but offered no clue on when a final accord would be reached. At the end of a two-day meeting in Singapore, ministers and chief negotiators of the 12 putative member economies of the Trans-Pacific…

Pacific free trade agreement talks break down

Representatives from countries negotiating a free trade pact that will cover nearly 40 percent of global economic output said Friday that differences between them persisted, as the US sought to assuage concerns over a looming year-end deadline. Trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific, Latin American and North American regions have been…

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