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2008-07-15 09:00:35

By EDWIN TAMARA By Edwin Tamara The Associated Press SAN DIEGO Republican presidential candidate John McCain in one of his strongest endorsements of free trade called himself "an unapologetic supporter of NAFTA," an agreement that many Americans feel has cost them jobs. "I reject the false virtues of economic isolationism," McCain told the National Council of La Raza, a major Hispanic organization. "Any confident, competent country and its government should embrace competition," he...

2006-08-16 12:07:46

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One year after labor groups vowed to punish 15 Democrats who joined Republicans in the U.S. Congress to approve a Central American free trade pact, most have easily won their party's nomination to run again. Democrats still angry about the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement now must decide whether to vote against the "CAFTA 15" in the November general election and possibly thwart their party's best chance in years of recapturing the House...

2006-06-23 12:52:19

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab announced on Friday a new chief counsel for China trade enforcement and the creation of new office to focus on protection of intellectual property rights, actions aimed at easing concerns about trade in Congress. "This is another step forward to ensure the United States is active and aggressive in the enforcement of our rights under trade agreements, an area that is of significant interest to the United...

2006-06-07 10:30:03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States could bring a World Trade Organization case against China in the next few months if Beijing does not respond to concerns the United States has raised about its protection of intellectual property rights, a U.S. official said on Wednesday Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Tim Stratford told the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission that Bush administration discussions of a case against China for copyright piracy were at a very...

2006-05-18 21:58:33

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala moved closer to implementing a stalled regional free trade deal with the United States on Thursday after its Congress approved laws Washington had cited as a prerequisite for joining the pact. Congress modified 16 laws on issues ranging from animal health to intellectual property. Guatemala should join the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, once Washington approve the changes. "The U.S. Trade Representative has to review what was...

2006-05-08 17:02:32

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Twenty years after first taking office, Nobel laureate Oscar Arias was sworn in again as Costa Rica's president on Monday in a nation divided over free trade with the United States. Arias, who won re-election in February by a razor-thin margin, backs the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, which Costa Rica's Congress has opposed. Costa Rica is the only signatory not to ratify the pact, an important element of...

2006-05-07 10:38:53

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Nobel laureate Oscar Arias begins a second stint as president of Costa Rica on Monday, taking power in a nation divided over free trade with the United States and widely seen as rudderless. Dignitaries from around the world, including former Polish President Lech Walesa, another Nobel Peace Prize winner, arrived over the weekend and met with the president-elect. U.S. First Lady Laura Bush was expected to attend Monday's ceremony....

2006-04-12 12:59:35

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Peru signed a free trade agreement on Wednesday, setting the stage for a potentially tough fight in Congress unless the Bush administration offers Democrats stronger assurances that Lima will abide by international labor standards. "This agreement with Peru is instrumental in our strategy to advance prosperity within our hemisphere," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing...

2006-04-01 17:54:03

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - A controversial trade pact between the United States and Central American nations took effect in Honduras and Nicaragua on Saturday as supporters said it would help bring prosperity to the poor region. The U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement, known as CAFTA, will give smaller businesses access to international markets, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya told a news conference where he was joined by U.S. Ambassador Charles Ford. "We will...

2006-03-17 23:07:50

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. labor groups, which have been unable to block any free-trade agreement since President George W. Bush took office five years ago, still hope to defeat pacts this year with Oman, Peru and Colombia. "We think we have a real shot at it," said Thea Lee, policy director for the AFL-CIO said on Friday. "We are planning a major battle." A lot of things have changed since 2005, when the House of Representatives narrowly approved the U.S.-Central...


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