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Pacific trade talks formally start; too early to predict an agreement

Negotiation could collapse over issues from drug patents to dairy exports
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 05:50
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Mr Froman heading a meeting in Lahaina on Tuesday. He has urged his counterparts to resolve the "tough political issues" standing in the way of a deal.

Lahaina, Hawaii

TOP officials from 12 Asia-Pacific nations formally kicked off a four-day bid to hammer out a massive but so far elusive free-trade agreement that has been in the works for 6 years.

Speaking at the opening plenary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii, US