David Baeckelandt comments

Posted in: Japan stands tough against rice imports in trade talks with U.S. See in context

TPP is a multinational agreement and if done the right way (truly open agreement on all goods and services) then it will truly be a free trade agreement. To me that means drop U.S. tariffs on car parts and Japanese tariffs on U.S. rice. There will always be domestic constituencies in both (all) countries that will have strong lobbying power. The question is whether the negotiators have sufficient courage to look to the broader, long-term possibilities.

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