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AAFA Supports TPP Deal, Pushes Clarifications On Vietnam Labor Plan

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) this week publicly announced its support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but the group is seeking clarifications from the administration on several aspects of the associated U.S.-Vietnam labor consistency plan before the agreement comes to a vote in Congress.

EU Analysis Says Granting China MES Could Directly Impact 188K Jobs

A European Commission analysis released this week projects that granting market economy status (MES) to China in antidumping (AD) cases without mitigating measures could directly cost as much as 188,300 jobs in affected European Union industries due to lower dumping duties, exacerbated unfair pricing and an overall increase in Chinese imports.

Senate Expected To Vote On Customs Conference Report Late Next Week

The Senate is aiming to vote on the conference report of the customs and enforcement bill by late next week, with a Senate aide saying the floor vote will probably take place on Thursday (Feb. 11). If the vote occurs before the President Day's recess, it would end months of wrangling over the bill, which the Senate first passed in mid-May last year and the House on June 12.

At Dem Debate, Clinton Hints She Would Seek TPP Changes If Elected

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a televised debate on Thursday (Feb. 4) hinted that, if elected, she would seek changes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). She did so by reiterating that she does not support the deal in its current form and noting that, as secretary of state under President Obama, she helped renegotiate the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement that was inherited from the previous administration.

Portman Says He Opposes TPP In 'Current Form,' Will Push For Changes

Senate Finance Committee Member Rob Portman (R-OH) on Thursday (Feb. 4) formally announced his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- “in its current form” -- citing dissatisfaction with the deal's auto rules of origin, monopoly protections for biologic drugs, and lack of enforceable disciplines on currency manipulation.

Sanders Uses TPP Signing To Contrast His Trade Stance With Clinton's

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) this week used the signing day of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to draw a distinction between his long-standing opposition to agreements promoting “unfettered free trade” with what he described as at a minimum “spotty” opposition to free trade agreements offered by his Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

World Trade Organization

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  • The World Trade Organization has delayed until at least Feb. 10 the release of a panel report reviewing U.S. claims that India violated trade rules by imposing local content requirements in a massive solar project, as the U.S. government acknowledged for the first time publicly that the two sides are holding talks on a potential settlement.

  • The U.S., Japan, and the European Union are charging that Argentina has failed to comply with a ruling by the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) faulting the South American country for its non-automatic import licensing scheme, saying Buenos Aires has simply replaced that system with a very similar program.

Around the World

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  • A European Commission analysis released this week projects that granting market economy status (MES) to China in antidumping (AD) cases without mitigating measures could directly cost as much as 188,300 jobs in affected European Union industries due to lower dumping duties, exacerbated unfair pricing and an overall increase in Chinese imports.

  • The Senate is aiming to vote on the conference report of the customs and enforcement bill by late next week, with a Senate aide saying the floor vote will probably take place on Thursday (Feb. 11). If the vote occurs before the President Day's recess, it would end months of wrangling over the bill, which the Senate first passed in mid-May last year and the House on June 12.

FTA Central

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  • The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) this week publicly announced its support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but the group is seeking clarifications from the administration on several aspects of the associated U.S.-Vietnam labor consistency plan before the agreement comes to a vote in Congress.

  • A Chinese government spokesman on Friday (Feb. 5) shot back at repeated claims by the Obama administration that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will allow the United States -- and not China -- to write the "rules of the road" for trade in the global economy.