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Obama, Abe Push for Completion of Free-Trade Deal among Pacific Rim Nations

Posted April 30, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Dave Boyer - The Washington Times)

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Tuesday to join forces to push for completion of a major free-trade deal among Pacific Rim nations, starting with Mr. Abe’s speech on Wednesday to a divided Congress.

The two leaders emerged from a meeting in the Oval Office expressing a commitment to work together on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, although U.S. and Japanese negotiators have yet to resolve questions about tariffs on auto and beef exports.

“I know that the politics around trade can be hard in both our countries, but I know that Prime Minister Abe, like me, is deeply committed to getting this done,” Mr. Obama said at a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden. “And I’m confident we will.” Click here to read more.

Related: Obama’s Uphill Push for Free Trade (Wall Street Journal)