TPP trade talks extended as negotiators struggle for a deal

Protestors call for the rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal under negotiation in Atlanta, Georgia on October 1, 2015Negotiations on the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership were to go into overtime Friday as top trade officials from 12 countries strained to craft a deal that would create the world’s largest free trade zone. The talks remained bogged down after two days of negotiations between ministers from the United States, Japan, Australia and nine other countries over a handful of sticky issues. Disagreements persisted over how the US opens its market to auto parts from Japanese car makers, and how much Canada is willing to open its market to dairy products from Australia and New Zealand like cheese.

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