Sandy Levin

Trade ministers to meet amid 'considerable progress' on TPP deal

WASHINGTON Negotiators from 12 Pacific nations crafting a regional free-trade pact will meet in Hawaii later this month, with the U.S. signaling that "considerable progress" has been made toward a final deal. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would create a market with nations from the U.S. and Mexico to Japan and Vietnam representing about 40 percent of the world's economic output. It's a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's bid to refocus U.S. foreign policy toward Asia. "We have made considerable progress in closing gaps on remaining issues, and we continue to work intensively to address specific issues bilaterally," the U.S. Trade Representative's...