July 27, 2013
By Rupo Damodaran

The 18th Round of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deliberation ended here yesterday on a high note of confidence that the talks can be concluded by the end of the year.

Malaysia's chief negotiator J. Jayasiri said the negotiators had been working hard to meet the deadline as agreed by the leaders.

"We were able to narrow differences in the more difficult issues, paving the way...

July 25, 2013
By E Ashley Wills

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in India this week, at a time when the U.S.-Indian relationship is at a crossroads. The two countries have developed an increasingly close economic and strategic relationship that benefits both and promotes stability and prosperity throughout South Asia. But there have recently been troubling indications that India is willing to take advantage of that...

July 24, 2013

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Indian business leaders Wednesday that commercial ties between their two countries should be strengthened and trade should expand exponentially.

Biden spoke to top business officials at the Bombay Stock Exchange in India’s financial hub of Mumbai during a four-day trip to India aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.

‘’Imagine what...

July 23, 2013
Via Itar Tass

The Japanese government has officially joined today multilateral talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership /TPP/ formation - a new integration association in the Pacific Ocean. This was officially announced in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu, where is taking place the next round of consultations on the establishment of this organization.

From now on, 12 countries are taking part in the...

July 23, 2013
Via AdAge
By Anita Chang Beattie

Volvo, ThinkPad, AMC Theaters and, possibly soon, Smithfield Foods. All household names in the U.S., all with Chinese owners. And if the world's two largest economies can strike an investment treaty -- as is being discussed -- many more could join them.

Volvo, ThinkPad, AMC Theaters and, possibly soon, Smithfield Foods. All household names in the U.S., all with Chinese owners. And if the...

July 19, 2013
Via Euronews

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union could boost jobs and growth on both sides of the Atlantic and he also stressed the need for economic structural reforms.

Speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Obama also said: “We have a profound stake in each other’s success...

July 19, 2013
Via Bernama

US Trade Representative, Michael Froman, expressed confidence on Thursday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks will reach a conclusion by the end of this year after the entry of Japan, Japan's Jiji Press reported.

Asked if Japan's participation in the TPP talks may cause a delay in negotiations, Froman said in testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee: "We had...

July 19, 2013

US Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he aims for completion of a huge trans-Pacific trade deal in 2013, as he outlined efforts to embrace Asia and broaden global prosperity.

Biden, who embarks early next week on an official visit to India and Singapore, said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would encompass 40 percent of the world's economy will be the perfect vehicle for...

July 13, 2013

With a growing trust deficit muddling their business relations, India and the United States have agreed to prepare for a policy dialogue on trade and investment issues at the ministerial level.

Visiting Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and the newly appointed US Trade Representative Michael Froman agreed to such a dialogue at a two-hour meeting here Thursday - their...

July 13, 2013
Via Reuters

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged India on Thursday to reverse course on policies that he said discriminated against American companies and were fraying relations between the world's two largest democracies.

"Let me stress that as a friend of India and one of the caretakers of our economic relationship, I am concerned about the investment and innovation environment in India...