Obama's legacy in Asia rests on TPP

WHILE there will be much on his to-do list during his tour of Asia this week, US President Barack Obama is determined to use his four-nation visit to ramp up support for a deadlocked trade deal that is key to his economic agenda and his country's so-called "pivot" towards Asia. Discussions on the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - a mega free trade pact involving 12 Pacific Rim countries including Singapore - have not gone as smoothly as the United States had hoped. The dragged-out negotiations...

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