U.S, Japan set to Rebuild new Trade partnership 

U.S, Japan set to Rebuild new Trade partnership 

The United States and Japan announced on Wednesday a new trade partnership to boost cooperation on labour, environment and digital trade issues, with an emphasis on third country concerns.

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Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, who is in Tokyo to meet with new Japanese government ministers said, “Initial meetings of the U.

S Japan Partnership on Trade would take place early in 2022, with periodic meetings on a regular basis.

“This partnership will deepen the cooperation between the United States and Japan that has defined our strong bilateral trade relationship.

“Our close collaboration will support the Biden-Harris Administration’s economic framework for the Indo-Pacific and help create sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and competitive trade policies that lift up our people and economies,” Tai said.

USTR’s statement made no mention of the new forum as a body aimed at negotiating new trade agreements between the world’s largest and third-largest economies.

Japan has also sought to negotiate a broader agreement with the United States after striking a limited trade deal with former President Donald Trump in 2019 that staved off his threat of higher duties on imported cars, and to coax Washington into returning to a Pacific Rim trade pact.

According to USTR, the new partnership instead would focus on addressing labour and environmental related priorities, trade facilitation, a supportive digital ecosystem and cooperation in regional and multilateral trade forums, the latter a reference to the World Trade Organization, which holds a major ministerial meeting at the end of November.

The Biden administration is working to rebuild trade ties with allies that became strained during Trump’s presidency, with the aim of building a broader coalition to confront China’s subsidies and other state-driven economic policies.

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U.

S, Japan set to Rebuild new Trade partnership 

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