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Monday, October 5th

Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks deadlocked over biological drugs “Hopes were fading late on Sunday that the latest round of pan-Pacific free-trade talks would reach agreement amid deep splits over key pharmaceutical and agricultural access deals. After being stalled for several months, talks among trade ministers of the participants in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks have been aimed at achieving resolution quickly, to ensure US congressional approval well ahead of the US presidential elections. The talks are aimed at reducing or removing key trade barriers across 12 countries in the region, including the US, Japan and Australia, but have been bogged down over pharmaceutical and agricultural trade issues.”

The Sydney Morning Herald