Trans-Pacific Nations Eye Trade Pact
Mon Dec 9, 2013 05:38 PM CST

SINGAPORE (Dow Jones) -- Top officials from a dozen Asia-Pacific nations are negotiating down to the wire on a trade agreement aimed at boosting economic growth, but basic issues separating the two biggest economies, the U.S. and Japan, could complicate a goal of finishing the talks this year.

Trade ministers from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries were set to meet on Tuesday, the final day of the four-day session, to work out a framework to slice tariffs for the group, open markets and establish rules of the road on matters such as intellectual property safeguards and the role of government ...

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