WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The United States pressed
Japan on Thursday to open its farm and auto markets to overseas
competition and said it could not expect special treatment in a
Pacific trade pact covering one-third of global imports and
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told U.S. lawmakers
that Japan’s reluctance to lower trade barriers was holding up
agreement on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, which
would stretch from Asia to Latin America.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Revelations about U.S. digital eavesdropping have fanned concerns about Internet privacy and may complicate U.S. attempts to write rules enshrining the free flow of data into trade pacts with European and Pacific trading partners.
As more and more consumers and businesses shop and sign up for services online, the IT industry is working to fend off rising digital protectionism it sees as threatening an e-commerce marketplace estimated at up to $8 trillion a year.