March 12, 2015

Make or break for vital trade agreement with United States: Andrew Robb

By Ely Ratner

A huge regional trade agreement which would underpin Barack Obama's "pivot" to Asia could be sealed within weeks, says Trade Minister Andrew Robb. 

The catch, however, is that a fast-track approval process from the US Congress has failed to materialise, thanks to a wild-card Democratic senator, Elizabeth Warren, as she positions to woo left-leaning voters from Hillary Clinton ahead of the coming presidential race. 

The US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, covering 12 countries and 40 per cent of the world economy, is tipped to entrench an open, rules-based economic system in the Asia Pacific region, according to experts in Washington and Canberra. 

Read the full article at The Sydney Morning Herald.

  • Ely Ratner