US Begins Talks On Pacific Free-Trade Area

Law360, New York (March 16, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT) -- The U.S. is kicking off the first round of negotiations on joining the four-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, though one observer said he did not expect any major results to come from this week's talks.

Joining the agreement, which has already been signed by Singapore, Chile, Brunei and New Zealand, would expand U.S. exports to one of the world's fastest-growing regions and could create additional American jobs, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Monday.

"Our team's aim is to achieve the biggest economic benefits for the...
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