Kerry to Promote Benefits of Landmark Trade Pacts

07AE7AC4-297D-4861-BB18-AE8AB8ED35D1_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy3_cw0{VOA News/LOS ANGELES} — Secretary of State John Kerry will promote the benefits of two trade pacts championed by the Obama administration during a Tuesday speech to government, civic and policy leaders in Los Angeles.

The State Department says Kerry will address national security opportunities of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a landmark free trade deal among 12 Pacific Rim countries, and the Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), an agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and European Union.

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is about a lot more than just creating economic opportunities,” said Kerry during an August speech in Singapore. “It is about raising standards,” he added.

The U.S. and 11 other countries that make up the TPP are responsible for 40 percent of the world’s economy. Ministers from those countries signed the agreement in February but it still needs U.S. congressional approval. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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