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Free trade on the agenda for Obama's Asia trip

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-07 02:00

President Barack Obama will be in Asia starting Monday with an itinerary that includes attending the APEC CEO Summit, a state visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.

Among the top items on the agenda is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-country free trade agreement that has proven difficult to hammer out between the U.S. and Japan before being presented to the other 10 countries, says Derek Scissors, an Asia scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

"There are a lot of really contentious issues,” says Scissors. "Can American farm goods freely enter the Japanese market? The Japanese have resisted this for years. Can Japanese autos freely enter the American market? The United States has resisted.”

If the U.S. and Japan were to settle their differences, that would be a major success story coming out of this latest trip, says Scissors. 

For a president that may be looking at a tough road ahead on his domestic agenda, it makes sense to switch focus to foreign policy, says Russell Riley, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia.

"Towards the end of the term, when presidents are thinking about legacies, they do become focused on places abroad, where they feel like they can make a difference,” Riley says.

The timing may work out for the president, as a recovering economy offers the U.S. a renewed leadership role in global trade.

“We’re the only one doing well,” says Scissors. “So everyone is looking to the United States for wise economic policy, which we don’t always deliver…And the TTP is a good step in that agenda.” 

Silicon Tally: So many penguins

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-07 01:14

It's time for Silicon Tally! How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week, we're joined by Ashkan Soltani, newly appointed Chief Technologist at the FTC.

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Tech Tent pitches up in Ireland

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-07 01:04
Tech Tent visits Ireland's Web Summit, which has become one of the most successful tech events over the past four years.

'Liverpool lacking in all areas'

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-07 00:11
BBC Sport's Robbie Savage on why Liverpool are miles away from a title bid and Steven Gerrard's future.

VIDEO: Drink-driving: 50 years of changing attitudes

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-06 22:42
It has been 50 years since the first TV campaign warning of the dangers of drink-driving. On Friday, the latest hard-hitting advert was launched on our screens.

VIDEO: The 'poorest' president's $1m VW

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-06 22:04
Uruguay's President Jose Mujica says in a magazine interview that an Arab sheikh offered him $1m for his vintage VW Beetle.

Drivers warned as roads flood

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-06 21:52
Motorists are advised to take extra care after roads were flooded in parts of Northern Ireland.

Japan governor backs reactor restart

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-06 21:35
A Japanese local authority gives its approval for the first nuclear power station to be restarted after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

China police trace trafficked babies

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-06 21:10
Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan search for the parents of 11 infants rescued from a baby trafficking ring.

US row over who shot Osama Bin Laden

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-06 21:05
US commandos disagree in public over who fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden, more than three years after the al-Qaeda leader's death.

Miliband 'plot' and Tower poppies - the papers

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-06 21:01
Reports Labour MPs are questioning Ed Miliband's leadership, an appeal over the Tower of London ceramic poppy field, and a new Band Aid song attract headlines.

Inquiry into alleged rape victim case

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-06 21:00
An investigation is launched into why a woman was prosecuted over an alleged false rape claim - and then killed herself.