Clinton should be receptive to the idea of proposing a free-trade agreement
with Japan, especially since such an agreement would entail none of his NAFTA-related concerns about the environment or competition from low-wage labor.
Singapore has been pursuing free-trade agreements
with several countries due to disenchantment with the sluggish pace of global trade talks, marked by the failure of the World Trade Organization to launch a new round of trade talks last year in Seattle.
"And for this to happen, Peru needs to establish free-trade agreements
with large economies.
The Japanese official said Tuesday's meeting was "epoch-making" as it is the first time that Japan engages in a feasibility study on a free-trade agreement
with another country at a governmental level.
Smaller free-trade agreements
already abound among the countries of Latin America and Southeast Asia.
Republican support for free trade becoming anemic: A new poll by the Pew Research Center found that support for free-trade agreements
among Republicans had fallen to 28 percent, from 43 percent in November 2009.
As the nation heads toward debate on the so-called free-trade agreements
to create CAFTA and the FTAA, Americans need to be made aware that these agreements are intended to make American manufacturers dependent on foreign manufacturers through production sharing.
The greatest crime committed by the countries of Latin America is the search for free-trade agreements
without planning for it.
Bush asked Congress to give him trade-promotion authority, once called "fast track," the ability to quickly enact free-trade agreements
without congressional nit picking.