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Feb 12, 2015

Doctors warn of healthcare impact from Pacific trade pact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Doctors and health professionals from both sides of the Pacific on Thursday said they worry that a major regional trade pact could result in higher medical costs and urged a full assessment of the pact’s impact on healthcare.

In a letter to be published in The Lancet medical journal, academics and medical associations from seven of the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership voiced their concerns over the deal, which seeks to cut tariffs and set common standards on intellectual property.

Feb 10, 2015

U.S. lawmakers put currency cheating high on trade agenda

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday
vowed to keep pushing for rules against currency cheating in
trade deals as they unveiled bipartisan legislation to stop
America’s trading partners from manipulating exchange rates.

The bill comes on top of efforts to include rules against
deliberate weakening of currencies in a Pacific trade agreement
and in upcoming legislation to fast track trade deals through

Feb 5, 2015

U.S. trade deficit fans calls on currency, but data mixed

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – A widening in the U.S. trade
deficit coupled with a strong dollar has lent fresh impetus to
calls for the United States to tackle currency cheats, although
data show a mixed impact.

The greenback rose nearly 13 percent against a basket of
major currencies in 2014, the most since 1997, while data
released on Thursday showed the goods trade deficit for the year
widened 5 percent to top $730 billion.

Jan 29, 2015
Jan 29, 2015

U.S. businesses urge China to postpone new cybersecurity policies

Jan 29 (Reuters) – U.S. business lobbies have called for
“urgent discussions” with the Chinese government over new
cybersecurity regulations that would force technology vendors to
Chinese banks to hand over secret source code and adopt Chinese
encryption algorithms.

Cybersecurity has been a significant irritant in U.S.-China
ties, with both sides trading accusations of abuses.

Jan 27, 2015

Top U.S. trade official urges Congress to back trade agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. trade official urged Congress to back the administration’s trade agenda on Tuesday and said an ambitious Pacific trade pact is nearing completion.

In testimony to a key congressional committee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration looked to lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation allowing a streamlined approval process for trade deals, such as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Jan 23, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
Jan 16, 2015

U.S. cane refiners ask gov’t to resume Mexico sugar probe -filing

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Jan 16 (Reuters) – Louis Dreyfus
Commodities’ Imperial Sugar Co and AmCane Sugar LLC
have asked the U.S. government to continue its anti-dumping and
countervailing investigations on sugar from Mexico, according to
U.S. Department of Commerce filings.

The requests represent the shoring up of challenges launched
last week by the two companies to a pact finalized by the United
States and Mexico to end a dispute over sugar that has plagued
the North American marketplace for nearly a year.

Jan 15, 2015
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      "I write about trade from Washington DC, where I moved in August 2013. IN nine years with Reuters, I have written about the Latin American economy from Mexico City and European Central Bank from Frankfurt. In a previous life, I worked in Australia and covered the economy and national politics for local news agency AAP."
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