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Light at the end of the tunnel for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The TPP will assure the US' 12 Asia-Pacific allies about its security, political and economic commitments to them amid China's rising assertiveness.

The passage of the treaty would be a multiple major win for President Obama, as he seeks to define his presidential legacy in the 1 1/2 years he has left until his tenure in the White House formally comes to an end.

TRADE ministers from a dozen countries in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific are in Hawaii for talks that could lead to the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal being settled on or before Friday. The proposed treaty is one of the most important free trade agreements since the North