Monday, October 20, 2014
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/17/2014 - 10-16-2014)

President Obama on Oct. 14 pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a phone call to show more flexibility in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, delivering at the highest level the longstanding U.S. message that Tokyo needs to be "bold" in the talks in order to deliver on Abe's vision for reforming Japan's economy.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/17/2014 - 10-16-2014)

A four-day meeting of U.S. and Japanese negotiators in Tokyo under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ended on Oct. 15 without a bilateral deal, though Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said the two sides made progress despite not resolving the tough issues of agricultural market access and auto trade.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/17/2014 - 10-16-2014)

Mexico's top trade official made clear this week that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) parties are unlikely to make major progress at an upcoming ministerial meeting in Sydney unless the United States and Japan can show they have reached a breakthrough in ongoing bilateral market access negotiations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/17/2014 - 10-16-2014)

A purported draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating text on intellectual property (IP) leaked this week shows that the United States has backed off some of its demands on copyright protection and patentability that faced serious opposition from other countries, and also reveals new details about the transition periods being discussed for countries to comply with pharmaceutical IP obligations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/17/2014 - 10-16-2014)

An informal round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks taking place in Canberra next week and an Oct. 25-27 ministerial meeting slated to follow it in Sydney appear unlikely to yield major progress in the negotiations as there is no sign that the United States and Japan are any closer to resolving their differences on agriculture and autos, according to government officials and observers following the negotiations.

(Daily News - 10-15-2014)

President Obama on Tuesday (Oct. 14) pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a phone call to show more flexibility in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, delivering at the highest level the longstanding U.S. message that Tokyo needs to be "bold" in the talks in order to deliver on Abe's vision for reforming Japan's economy.

(Daily News - 10-15-2014)

A four-day meeting of U.S. and Japanese negotiators in Tokyo under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ended on Wednesday (Oct. 15) without a bilateral deal, though Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said the two sides made progress despite not resolving the tough issues of agricultural market access and auto trade.

(Daily News - 10-14-2014)

Updated: Mexico's top trade official made clear on Tuesday (Oct. 14) that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) parties are unlikely to make much progress at an upcoming ministerial meeting in Sydney unless the United States and Japan can show they have reached a breakthrough in ongoing bilateral market access negotiations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/10/2014 - 10-09-2014)

U.S. trade officials have reached out to some other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries to informally float the idea of excluding tobacco-related challenges from being brought under the deal's investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/10/2014 - 10-09-2014)

A Japanese embassy official has publicly acknowledged that the high-level meeting last month between U.S. and Japanese ministers on outstanding bilateral issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) issues was a difficult session, but cited as a positive sign the fact that lower-level officials are set to resume talks this week in Tokyo.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/10/2014 - 10-09-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are set to meet on key outstanding issues including intellectual property (IP) and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) at an upcoming informal round slated to take place Oct. 19-24 in Canberra, ahead of an Oct. 25-27 ministerial meeting that will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Sydney, sources said.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/10/2014 - 10-09-2014)

The top trade officials from the United States and Chile this week launched a real negotiation over their bilateral differences in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as opposed to merely reiterating their positions, in an apparent sign that the TPP talks are picking up steam in some areas.

(Daily News - 10-08-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are set to meet on key outstanding issues including intellectual property (IP) and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) at an upcoming informal round slated to take place Oct. 19-24 in Canberra, ahead of an Oct. 25-27 ministerial meeting that will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Sydney, sources said.

(Daily News - 10-08-2014)

A Japanese embassy official has publicly acknowledged that the high-level meeting last month between U.S. and Japanese ministers on outstanding bilateral issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) issues was a difficult session, but cited as a positive sign the fact that lower-level officials are set to resume talks later this week in Tokyo.

(Daily News - 10-07-2014)

U.S. trade officials have reached out to some other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries to informally float the idea of excluding tobacco-related challenges from being brought under the deal's investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, according to informed sources. This move signals the United States may be ready to bring its position on this issue closer to that of public health groups, which have demanded tobacco be completely carved out from the agreement.

(Daily News - 10-07-2014)

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler later this week will travel to Japan to meet with the top Japanese officials in charge of agricultural market access and automobile trade under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "in order to lay the groundwork for resuming" talks on those issues, USTR has announced.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/03/2014 - 10-02-2014)

The breakdown in bilateral talks between the United States and Japan under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) last week came after U.S. officials rejected a new Japanese proposal for reducing agriculture tariffs as insufficient and pulled back their previous offer on cutting U.S. tariffs on Japanese auto parts, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/03/2014 - 10-02-2014)

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb during a visit to Washington said that work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has progressed enough that participants could conclude a basic agreement by the end of the year, but that he does not know whether the political will exists for doing so.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/03/2014 - 10-02-2014)

The United States is holding bilateral negotiations with other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries to hash out the exceptions they will be allowed to take from the agreement's disciplines on state-owned enterprises (SOEs), which parties have largely decided, according to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/03/2014 - 10-02-2014)

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.

(Daily News - 10-02-2014)

The Australian government has confirmed that it will host a meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers Oct. 25-27 in Sydney to tackle key outstanding issues in the negotiations as part of a push to reach a deal on the key parts of the agreement before the end of the year.

(Daily News - 09-26-2014)

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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/26/2014 - 09-25-2014)

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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/26/2014 - 09-25-2014)

Last week's move by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to reshuffle the responsibilities of two of its three deputies seems to be largely driven by an effort to keep Acting Deputy USTR Wendy Cutler as the political lead for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which the administration is pushing to conclude.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/26/2014 - 09-25-2014)

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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/26/2014 - 09-25-2014)

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has warned that this year represents the "last chance" for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries to conclude the negotiations in the near term, arguing that it will be difficult to strike a deal after that time due to the looming 2016 presidential elections in the United States.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/26/2014 - 09-25-2014)

U.S. patient advocate groups and labor unions are ratcheting up their effort to convince the Obama administration to back away from provisions it has proposed in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that the groups fear could help multinational drug companies drive up pharmaceutical prices under public health programs in the United States.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/26/2014 - 09-25-2014)

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said he doubts the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations will make significant strides toward conclusion this year in light of the continued difficulties in bilateral agricultural market access talks between the United States and Japan.

(Daily News - 09-25-2014)

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).

(Daily News - 09-25-2014)

Updated: 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.