16:59 GMT +319 November 2019
Listen Live
    Anti-TPP protest

    TPP Talks in Hawaii Fail to End in Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement

    © Flickr / Backbone Campaign
    Politics
    Get short URL
    0 105
    Subscribe

    High-level talks in Hawaii failed to lead to the conclusion of a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – High-level talks in Hawaii failed to lead to the conclusion of a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    "The sad thing is, it’s 98% concluded," Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said as quoted by the newspaper late on Friday.

    The Wall Street Journal said that some of the reasons behind the failed talks are remaining disputes over dairy and automobile trade as well as the protection of cutting-edge biologic drugs.

    Pacific Rim trade ministers, who gathered on the Hawaiian island of Maui on July 28-31 said they would continue to seek an agreement before the end of the year, but did not specify the dates of future meetings.

    The TPP deal is geared toward securing commercial agreements between the United States and 11 other nations, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea, and Malaysia. The deal is expected to cover about 40 percent of the global economy.

    TPP critics point to its uncertain implications for rights, employment relations and the environment.

    The Obama administration argues that the new trade deal will allow Washington to shape the international economy to benefit US interests and balance out China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

    In June, US President Barack Obama signed a bill empowering him to conclude any trade agreements using a simplified scheme. This applies to the TPP, which concerns Pacific Rim countries but excludes China and Russia.

    Related:

    US, Partners to Resume Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Behind Closed Doors
    US, Malaysia Show Least Support for Trans-Pacific Partnership - Poll
    US to Host Trans-Pacific Partnership Meeting in Hawaii in Late July
    Tags:
    negotiations, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), United States, Hawaii
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik