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Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Daily News)
May 26, 2011

House members representing the U.S. textile industry this week are poised to urge U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in a letter to include tough provisions in a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal and to improve customs enforcement to ensure that the United States does not face a flood of apparel items from Vietnam.


(Daily News)
May 25, 2011

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative signaled last week that it will pursue stronger patent protections for biosimilar drugs than for conventional drugs in negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, as demanded by U.S. pharmaceutical companies, sources said.


(Daily News)
May 23, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has urged the White House to press for strong disciplines on state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and state-supported enterprises (SSEs) in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The TPP is expected to evolve into a regional agreement among Asia-Pacific nations.


(Daily News)
May 17, 2011

A bipartisan group of 28 senators, 11 of whom are members of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to President Obama today (May 17) urging the administration to negotiate the highest standards of protection for intellectual property rights (IPR) in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.


(Daily News)
May 17, 2011

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) pressed U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk last week for assurances that USTR will not accept the exclusion of market access for U.S. rice in a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, or in any other negotiations moving forward. USTR allowed South Korea to exempt rice from the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement.


(Daily News)
May 10, 2011

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will have to navigate competing pressures as it looks to develop and table its initial proposals on the “May 10” issues of labor rights, environmental protections and intellectual property protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.


(Daily News)
May 10, 2011

Trade ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are slated to meet in Montana next week to take stock of how the talks are progressing and discuss the path forward, especially in light of the fact that negotiators are aiming to have substantially advanced the talks by November.


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