The events in Syria and cancellation of President Obama’s trip to Moscow have overshadowed important business early next month in another Russian city: St. Petersburg, where heads of state and government from around the world will gather on September 5 for the annual G-20 summit.
President Barack Obama should invite Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to the White House before the end of 2013, which marks the 180th anniversary of the two countries’ bilateral relationship. Thailand is one of the United States’ five allies in Asia, and the other four have all been invited to Washington in recent years.
The carefully titled Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC), signed on July 10, represents a diplomatic coup for Taipei and a win for New Zealand.
The U.S. Congress should move with haste to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) before the program expires at the end of July. Without it, U.S. companies will end up paying an extra $2 million a day in tariffs on imported goods (at 2012 import levels), which would hurt U.S. consumers and dent American small and medium-size companies.
While Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s state visit may be just under three months away, and given the normal sluggishness of the U.S. government’s interagency process in preparations, now is the time to start thinking about what the Obama administration wants to achieve.
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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has been clear that President Obama will seek Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp both have endorsed the idea. Trade (along with tax reform) appears to be an area for cooperation. What happens next?
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