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Australian Ambassador Rules Out TPP Side Letters, Renegotiation

Australia's ambassador to the United States has made clear to the U.S. government and business groups that demanding commitments beyond those reflected in the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a nonstarter, regardless of the form they would take.

Froman Seeks To Convey TPP Vote Momentum, But Key Questions Linger

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman in public comments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week conveyed that the administration is doing everything it can to prepare for a potential vote in a lame-duck session, but some of the deal's supporters said they are finding a more downbeat view on Capitol Hill than USTR is conveying.

Energy & Commerce Leadership Pushes For Early Vote On Catfish Repeal

The bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Health subcommittee in a June 22 letter strongly urged the House leadership to bring to the floor a measure that would repeal the Department of Agriculture's catfish inspection program, which has caused trade friction with Vietnam and been pulled into the debate over food safety implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Canadian Proposals Aimed At Fixing DSB Delays, DSU Gridlock Met With Neutrality At WTO

At this week's Dispute Settlement Body meeting, Canada introduced a new set of proposals that members could voluntarily adopt to streamline and make more transparent World Trade Organization dispute settlement proceedings, with the ultimate goal of codifying the proposals in the Dispute Settlement Understanding.

ITC Finding Of Injury In China, Japan Cold-Rolled Steel Case Gives Few Clues On Other Pending Cases

The International Trade Commission on Wednesday (June 22) found that unfairly priced and subsidized cold-rolled steel exports from China and Japan harmed the U.S. steel industry, but the determination gives no real indication on how the commission will vote on a second part of the case involving exports of cold-rolled steel from Brazil, India, Korea, Russia and the United Kingdom, according to industry sources.

European Commission Highlights Investment Treaty, GI Deal With China As Priorities

European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini on Wednesday (June 22) identified the completion of an investment treaty with China as well as an agreement establishing protections for geographical indications there as priorities, and said the commission would take up China's status under trade remedy laws in the second half of the year.

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  • Australia's ambassador to the United States has made clear to the U.S. government and business groups that demanding commitments beyond those reflected in the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a nonstarter, regardless of the form they would take.

  • U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman in public comments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week conveyed that the administration is doing everything it can to prepare for a potential vote in a lame-duck session, but some of the deal's supporters said they are finding a more downbeat view on Capitol Hill than USTR is conveying.