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March 5, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
After months of wrangling, the U.S. and Mexico signed a new tomato trade agreement late Monday, officially suspending an antidumping investigation of fresh tomatoes from south of the border and raising floor prices for Mexican tomatoes. The agreement, announced in February, prevented a trade war between the two countries. U.S. growers in Florida had accused their Mexican counterparts of selling their tomatoes below fair market value -- a practice known as dumping -- and last year asked the U.S. Commerce Department to scrap the 17-year-old trade agreement.
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April 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - After more than four years and 20 rounds of negotiations, the world's biggest free-trade deal in a generation has come down in good part to this: the United States and Japan squabbling over beef. With President Obama due to arrive Wednesday in Tokyo for a two-day summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, their aides have been pulling all-nighters in the hope of reaching a compromise on tariffs for beef and, to a lesser extent, pork and dairy products. The proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership is seen as the centerpiece of Obama's promised re-balance in foreign policy priorities to fast-growing Asia-Pacific.
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BUSINESS
January 24, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Retail prices for tomatoes may double if a trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico ends, according to a study released Thursday by a tomato importing group. The possible price hike is the result of a brewing trade war between Florida tomato growers who accuse their Mexican counterparts of “dumping,” or selling their tomatoes below fair market value.    U.S. growers, represented by the Florida Tomato Exchange, have been lobbying to end a 17-year-old trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, which sets a minimum price for tomatoes.
OPINION
April 21, 2014 | By George Miller, Rosa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter
Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agriculture and automobiles, the wisdom goes, this huge deal - in effect, a North American Free Trade Agreement on steroids - can at last be concluded. But this view obscures the many seemingly intractable problems TPP negotiators are grappling with.
NEWS
April 15, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CARTAGENA, Colombia -- The Obama administration says Colombian officials have taken sufficient steps to protect the rights of workers to allow a free trade agreement with the U.S. to move forward. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Sunday morning that the trade pact will go into operation in May, opening the way for a new level of trade and travel between the two countries. The decision that Colombia has met that mark puts President Obama at odds with some U.S. labor leaders.
OPINION
August 1, 2005
Re "Bush Wins Approval of Trade Pact," July 28 President Bush promises millions of dollars to buy a few votes to get the Central American Free Trade Agreement passed in the House, and the only winners are big corporations that will outsource jobs and buy cheap labor. The losers are the foreign workers, the environment and the American people. Quite a trade-off. Ralph S. Brax Lancaster
NEWS
August 13, 1992 | staff writers George White and Andrea Maier
After 14 months of negotiations, representatives of the United States, Canada and Mexico have agreed to a sweeping pact that would create a free trade zone in North America. The agreement, which is subject to the approval of the nations' legislative bodies, has many controversial elements. Following are details of key provisions. AGRICULTURE Steps taken: Half of U.S. farm goods exported to Mexico would immediately become duty-free.
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May 11, 1992 | Dave Lesher and Cristina Lee
Free Trade: The United States and Mexico are negotiating a free trade agreement that would make it easier for the two countries to exchange goods and services. What effect do you think a free-trade agreement will have on the job outlook in Orange County? Job loss: 33% Job growth: 18% Don't know: 11% No change: 38% Source: Times Orange County Poll
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November 24, 1985 | Associated Press
India and China signed a trade agreement Saturday despite a recent Indian statement that economic ties with China would not expand until the two countries settle their border dispute. The trade pact, signed by visiting Chinese Vice Economic Minister Lu Xua Jiana and India's Commerce Secretary Prem Kumar, would be worth $100 million to $160 million next year, according to an Indian government statement.
WORLD
April 10, 2014 | By Ralph Jennings
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hundreds of protesters in Taiwan ended a nearly monthlong blockade of parliament Thursday, giving leaders a fragile reprieve to finish a disputed trade pact with China, the island's longtime political foe and biggest economic partner. Student-led protesters filed out of the parliament assembly hall for a closing rally at the main gate after the legislative speaker said he would allow discussion of the trade deal only after passage of a bill that guarantees oversight of China-Taiwan economic agreements.
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March 23, 2014 | By Cindy Chang, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As students occupied Taiwan's legislative chamber Sunday for a sixth day to protest a free-trade agreement with China, President Ma Ying-jeou denounced the takeover as a threat to democracy. Government officials have pledged not to use force to remove the protesters, who fear the agreement will hurt Taiwan's small businesses and give China too much influence. [Updated at 3:45 p.m., March 23: While the standoff continued at the legislature, a group broke into the government's main executive building Sunday night, reaching Premier Jiang Yi-huah's office.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - With economic policymaking at home largely paralyzed by Republican opposition, the Obama administration's effort to shift its focus abroad by stimulating U.S. growth through expanded exports isn't moving much easier. The latest round of Asia-Pacific trade talks among the U.S. and 11 other countries ended Tuesday in Singapore without an agreement, dashing the administration's hopes of closing a deal this year. The lack of a deal also is a setback for what is seen as the centerpiece of Obama's strategy to exert greater influence in an economically and militarily crucial region where China has become dominant.
WORLD
December 2, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - President Viktor Yanukovich appeared to give ground Monday in the face of massive demonstrations that threatened to hobble his government, seeking to reopen talks with the European Union about forging a closer economic relationship. As protesters declared a general strike and blocked access to the government's headquarters in central Kiev, Yanukovich spoke by phone with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to ask whether Ukraine could send a delegation to discuss a previously scuttled free trade agreement, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By David Pierson
Recently installed U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said trade opportunities with Mexico will expand as economic and security conditions improve in America's southern neighbor. Pritzker is headed to Mexico for her first official trade mission Nov. 18. The trip will focus on key industries such as advanced manufacturing and health information technology, she told The Times in a brief interview Tuesday after delivering a keynote address at the U.S. Saudi Business Opportunities Forum in downtown Los Angeles.
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Richard Verrier and Daniel Miller
Major Hollywood studios have resolved a tax dispute in China that has held up hundreds of millions of box-office dollars since 2012. The months-long dispute centered on a 2% value-added tax that state-owned distributor China Film Group insisted Hollywood studios pay out of their share of Chinese box-office revenues, cutting into their profits in the world's second-largest film market. But Tuesday evening the Motion Picture Assn. of America, which represents the major studios, said the matter had been resolved.
WORLD
June 27, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Pablo Jaramillo Viteri
QUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuador on Thursday announced it was withdrawing from a 2-decade-old trade pact with the United States, saying the agreement left the South American nation vulnerable to “blackmail” as U.S. officials seek the return of fugitive Edward Snowden. The trade agreement was already at risk of not being renewed by the U.S. Congress before Ecuador began weighing whether to grant asylum to Snowden, the former contract worker for the National Security Agency who recently revealed extensive U.S. tracking of telephone communications and then fled from Hawaii to Hong Kong.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2013 | By Don Lee
  WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and the European Union will begin talks next month on an ambitious free-trade deal between the two rich regions that exchanged more than $645 billion in goods last year. But the announcement, made Monday ahead of the Group of 8 summit in Northern Ireland, came against a backdrop of contention over French insistence that subsidized domestic movies remain protected as well as questions about U.S. government surveillance programs.   President Obama, standing alongside EU leaders and the United Kingdom's prime minister, David Cameron, nonetheless hailed the proposed trans-Atlantic trade agreement as a "potentially groundbreaking partnership" that would deepen ties between two areas that account for about 45% of the global economy.
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