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  • Ex-Australian Fin Min: China FTA is significant

    Bob Carr, Former Foreign Minister of Australia, explains why he agrees with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the importance of Australia's free trade agreement with China.

  • TOKYO, July 30- Japan's factory output rose modestly in June after posting a big drop in the prior month, highlighting worries of a possible contraction in the second quarter as exports slump and manufacturers are saddled with large inventories. Reflecting expectations of a gradual pick-up in factory activity ahead, manufacturers surveyed by the ministry...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii— Opponents of a Pacific Rim trade deal being negotiated at a Maui resort demonstrated against the proposed pact Wednesday. A couple dozen members of locally based labor unions and environmental groups gathered at Kaanapali Beach fronting the Westin Maui hotel in Lahaina to listen to brief speeches and prepare to blow conch shells.

  • What Australia hopes to achieve at Boao Forum

    Stuart Ayres, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events for New South Wales, Australia, hopes that the Boao Forum for Asia Conference can reposition Australia as a key player in the Asian market.

  • Boehner backs push to export US crude oil Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 3:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives says he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports. Speaker John Boehner said the change would be a boon for the economy, creating up to a million jobs and bringing U.S. energy policy into the 21st century. The export ban is a relic of...

  • *To restructure and downsize India operations. *To stop production at one of two plants in India. NEW DELHI, July 29- General Motors Co said on Wednesday it will invest $1 billion over the next few years to turn India into a global export hub, even as it cuts production capacity in the country due to sluggish demand.

  • U.S. steel companies in June had filed a complaint with the U.S. government over cheaper imports of corrosion-resistant steel from China, India, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan, kicking off a process that could end in import duties. Cliffs has taken a hit from weak prices for iron ore, caused by excess supply from major iron ore miners such as Vale SA, Rio Tinto Plc and BHP...

  • The 58- year-old, whose lush paddy fields in the Shonai plain overlook the Sea of Japan, is in the minority among farmers generally opposed to a pact being negotiated in Hawaii this week that could make selling their products harder. Japan's reluctance to open up to more imports, including of rice, has been a major stumbling block to the TPP, and Tokyo held bilateral...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 28- Pacific Rim trading partners might convene a top-level forum to discuss how to stop countries manipulating currencies for competitive advantage, Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Tuesday. Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in Hawaii where ministers are negotiating a 12- nation trade deal, Robb said member countries...

  • Trade ministers from 12 Pacific nations gather on Maui Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 2:47 AM ET

    LAHAINA, Hawaii— Trade ministers from 12 nations around the Pacific Rim are meeting on the Hawaiian island on Maui to negotiate a trade pact. Trade Representative Michael Froman told his counterparts at the start of the talks at the Westin Resort in Kaanapali on Tuesday that tough political issues remain to be resolved. Other nations negotiating the deal...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 28- Australia is pleased with discussions with Pacific Rim trading partners on resolving disputes with foreign investors but will not agree to a regional trade pact unless it wins more access to the U.S. sugar market, Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Tuesday. In an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of talks aimed at...

  • Amari says Japan, U.S. need more bilateral trade talks Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 1:32 AM ET

    LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 28- Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Tuesday that Japan and the United States have not yet reached an agreement in bilateral trade talks and that the two nations need more discussion. Ministers from the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership are in Hawaii aiming to clinch a broad agreement this week. Japan and the U.S. have been...

  • 'Old-style' issues among TPP sticking points: Pro Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 12:44 AM ET
    'Old-style' issues among TPP sticking points: Pro

    Bates Gill, CEO of United States Studies Centre, says "old-style issues" such as tariffs remain the major sticking points in the final stage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.

  • What to expect at the Boao Forum for Asia Conference Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 9:33 PM ET
    What to expect at the Boao Forum for Asia Conference

    Mike Baird, Premier of New South Wales, discusses the significance of the Boao Forum for Asia Conference which will held in Sydney from July 30-31.

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 28- The United States, Canada and Japan have to make concessions on dairy trade before a wider Pacific trade deal can be wrapped up, New Zealand's agricultural trade envoy said on Tuesday. "We have got to see movement with Canada and the USA, Japan and New Zealand and Australia in particular, that's where the dairy things lie," Petersen said.

  • US Congresswoman: TPP is riddled with problems Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:49 PM ET
    US Congresswoman: TPP is riddled with problems

    Rosa Delauro, Democratic Congresswoman in the U.S. House of Representatives, explains why she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

  • Malaysia's human trafficking status upgrade is 'shameful': Pro

    Rosa Delauro, Democratic Congresswoman in the U.S. House of Representatives, explains why she objects to the U.S. State Department's softer stance on Malaysia in its annual report on human trafficking.

  • Dairy trade impasse holding up Pacific trade deal -NZ Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:31 PM ET

    LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 28- The United States, Canada and Japan have to make concessions on dairy trade before a wider Pacific trade deal can be wrapped up, New Zealand's agricultural trade envoy said on Tuesday. "We have got to see movement with Canada and the USA, Japan and New Zealand and Australia in particular, that's where the dairy things lie," Petersen said.

  • WASHINGTON, July 28- Britain's minister for defense procurement on Tuesday urged the United States to buy more UK- built weapons, saying current trade flows were too much of a one-way street. Britain was the sixth largest exporter of major weapons between 2010 and 2014, with the United States accounting for 12 percent of those exports, according to a report by the...

  • Is the end in sight for a TPP deal? Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:53 PM ET
    Is the end in sight for a TPP deal?

    The chance of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal looks "better than ever", but political will is still needed to iron out the remaining issues, says Vincent Wang, professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond.