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U.S., Japan Signal Stalemate In Bilateral TPP Talks After Froman-Amari Meeting

The United States and Japan signaled at the close of a two-day ministerial meeting in Washington that their bilateral negotiations under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have reached a stalemate, casting further doubt on whether TPP countries can produce a substantial outcome in the broader negotiations by early November.

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Obama-Modi Meeting Yields Pledges To Consult On WTO Impasse, IP Issues

A much-anticipated White House meeting between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended with both leaders pledging to try to find a path forward on the impasse at the World Trade Organization and make progress on contentious intellectual property (IP) issues, but without concrete results on either front.

U.S., Brazil Aim For Cotton Breakthrough This Week In Washington: Sources

A Brazilian government delegation is in Washington to try to hammer out a deal this week to settle a longstanding bilateral dispute with the U.S. over its cotton subsidies and other agricultural support, according to informed sources.

Malmstrom Plans TTIP Political Review, Holds Open Possibility Of No ISDS

European Trade Commissioner Designate Cecilia Malmstrom has announced that, if confirmed, she plans to launch a political review of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations to be completed by the end of the year, in yet another signal that the talks will not make major strides toward resolving contentious issues in 2014.

ITC Report Says U.S. Firms Single Out EU For Digital Trade Barriers

Many U.S. firms see the European Union as one of the top places where digital trade barriers pose a difficulty to doing business, according to a new report by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

Modi Visit Unlikely To Yield Major Outcomes On Trade, Economic Issues

Senior administration officials have made clear that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Sept. 29-30 trip to Washington is not expected to yield major outcomes on trade issues when they omitted them from the list of areas where they expect to announce commitments.

Peterson Study Urges Korea To Join TPP Talks 'As Soon As Possible'

A new report by the Peterson Institute for International Economics argues that South Korea should try to slide in under the wire and join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations as soon as possible, preferably before they are concluded, even while acknowledging that doing so would be very challenging.

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  • Doha Work Program Talks Stall Over Trade Facilitation Impasse

    The United States and European Union are following through on their implicit threat to block efforts at the World Trade Organization to develop a work program to conclude the Doha round by the end of the year, in response to India's move in July to hold up implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

  • Farm Groups Urge USTR To Hold Firm Against India On Food Stockpiling

    U.S. farm groups are calling on the Obama administration to stick to its guns in a stalemate with India at the World Trade Organization over agricultural subsidies, even as India signals it is standing firm in its resistance to a WTO trade facilitation deal until it can permanently shield its commodity stockpiling programs from litigation.

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  • Commerce IG Raises Potential Issues With BIS Implementation Of ECR

    The Commerce Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has raised four potential problems in how the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is implementing the ongoing export control reforms, which if unresolved could hamper the administration's larger goals for the initiative.

  • Congressional Trade Leaders Ask ITC To Look Into Modi's Trade Policies

    The four congressional trade leaders have asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to look into changes to India's trade and investment policies since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government took office, building off of an ongoing investigation by the ITC into allegedly discriminatory Indian economic policies over the past 10 years.

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  • USTR Plans Day-Long Cleared Advisers Briefing On TPP Ahead Of Ministerial

    The Office of U.S. Trade Representative will hold an all-day, in-person briefing for all cleared advisers on Oct. 9 to provide an update on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations ahead of a ministerial meeting tentatively slated to take place in mid-October in Australia, according to informed sources.

  • Pew Poll Shows U.S., Japan, France, Italy Most Skeptical Of Trade Benefits

    A new global opinion poll shows that people in the United States, Japan, France and Italy are the most skeptical about the benefits of increasing international trade when compared to other countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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