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TPP Ministers Report Progress at Sydney Talks, Will Meet in Beijing Nov. 8

The latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations concluded Oct. 27 in Sydney, Australia. Trade ministers from the 12 TPP participants struck an optimistic tone in a joint statement, but acknowledged that one of the remaining hurdles standing in the way of an agreement is the negotiations between the United States and Japan on key market access issues, including pork and beef.

The TPP ministers’ next meeting will be Nov. 8 in Beijing, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. In remarks delivered this week at the Washington Ideas Forum sponsored by The Atlantic magazine, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman reiterated that progress is being made on market access issues, but he said no agreement will be announced in Beijing.