Pacific Rim trade talks open in San Diego

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Negotiators from the United States and eight other Pacific Rim nations open a round of talks in San Diego on one of the most ambitious trade deals in decades.

The 13th round begins Monday amid criticism from U.S. lawmakers that they are being left out of the loop in the Trans-Pacific
Partnership. Two-thirds of House Democrats last week wrote to the
White House's top trade official to insist they be heard.

Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight
Committee, has asked to attend the latest round, which runs through
July 10.

The United States has been negotiating the pact for about three
years. It includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand,
Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Mexico and Canada are expected to
join, and Japan has expressed interest.


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