Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached

10/5/2015 New York Times

Via U.S. State Department - William Ng
Via State Department             William Ng

ATLANTA — The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Monday agreed to the largest regional trade accord in history, a potentially precedent-setting model for global commerce and worker standards that would tie together 40 percent of the world’s economy, from Canada and Chile to Japan and Australia.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership still faces months of debate in Congress and will inject a new flash point into both parties’ presidential contests.

But the accord — a product of nearly eight years of negotiations, including five days of round-the-clock sessions here — is a potentially legacy-making achievement for President Obama, and the capstone for his foreign policy “pivot” toward closer relations with fast-growing eastern Asia, after years of American preoccupation with the Middle East and North Africa.

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Mexico to join Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

Reuters, 6/18/2012

USTR Ron Kirk

The decision to accept Mexico’s application was jointly made by the nine countries currently negotiating the TPP pact – the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei, U.S. officials said.

The proposed TPP agreement is part of a broader U.S. strategy to link its economy to fast-growing markets in the Asia Pacific region.

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