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May 26th, 2016 | By: Rachel Kopilow President Obama headed to Vietnam this week, the third U.S. president to do so in just over 20 years. In the many ways we’re engaging with the Vietnamese people, the President highlighted trade as one of the most important: The President had just finished talking about the Trans-Pacific Read more »
May 26th, 2016 | By;Celestine Bohlen PARIS — “Free trade” have become dirty words in the United States and much of Europe, seen as the source of a host of ills traced to the globalized marketplace, from the loss of manufacturing jobs to the rise of immigration to the threat of dubious food imports. Donald Read more »
May 25th, 2016 | By: Alex Nussbaum & Naureen Malik A century after transforming global markets, the Panama Canal is about to redraw world trade once again. Nine years of construction work, at a cost of more than $5 billion, have equipped the canal with a third set of locks and deeper navigation channels, crucial Read more »
The Washington Post: A lot of people want to restrict free trade. But that would have serious trade-offs.
May 24th, 2016 | By: Allison Carnegle Both sides in the presidential race have attacked U.S. bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements. Hillary Clinton says that NAFTA needs “fixing,” Bernie Sanders calls for ending our “disastrous” trade agreements and Donald Trump wants to take every “unfair” trade agreement and either “renegotiate it” or “break it” Read more »
May 23rd, 2016 | By: Anthony Boadle The arrival of a tough-talking foreign minister in Brazil marks a move away from the ideologically-driven diplomacy that raised tensions with the United States in the past decade and towards a big push on trade. Jose Serra’s first foreign visit to Argentina on Monday is expected to center Read more »
5/20/16 | By: Holly Ellyatt & Karen Tso Despite China signaling moves to cut its excess steel production capacity, industry chiefs say the country has declared a metals “war” that has had a “devastating” impact for the rest of the world’s industry. Overcapacity in the steel industry has been a thorn in the side of Read more »
May 18th, 2016 | By: David Lawder Colombia has failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, U.S. and Colombian labor unions said on Monday, raising questions about similar provisions in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. In a complaint filed with a division of the U.S. Labor Department, the Read more »
May 17th 2016 | By: Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez HONG KONG — Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential security threats to the country and its consumers and opening up a new front in an already tense relationship with Read more »
May 16, 2016 | By: ADAM BEHSUDI ITC REPORT WON’T UNSTICK TPP JUST YET: The U.S. International Trade Commission is set to release its long-awaited estimate of the economic effect of the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week, likely with mildly positive findings, but the report won’t quite provide the impetus for congressional action on the deal that Read more »
05/12/16 | By Vicki Needham Power players in the financial services industry are threatening to sit out the push for President Obama’s Pacific Rim trade deal unless the administration addresses one of their main objections to the pact. Banks, insurance companies and other financial companies oppose a provision in the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would Read more »