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U.S. meat industry urges President Trump to start bilateral trade talks with Asain nations

  • February 8, 2017
  • , NHK
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NHK reported that the National Pork Producers Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association on Tuesday sent to the White House a joint letter asking the Trump administration to launch bilateral free trade talks with Japan and other countries in the Asia-Pacific now that the U.S. has withdrawn from the TPP. The two industry associations insisted on the importance of free trade by saying that some 9,000 jobs could have been created in the U.S. under the TPP thanks to an increase in exports as a result of agreed-upon cutbacks by Japan and other nations in their tariffs on American meat. The groups, which had called for the swift effectuation of the regional free trade initiative, sent the letter ahead of the U.S.-Japan summit on Friday. Nikkei ran a similar story.

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