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Wendy Cutler: Why Free Trade Standards in Asia Are Rising

ASPI Vice President Wendy Cutler (L) and ASPI President Kevin Rudd discuss free trade and economic growth in the Asia-Pacific. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)
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The Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President, who recently served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, spoke about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership is catalyzing trade liberalization across Asia during an event in New York.

Wendy Cutler: Asia's Rise Closely Tied to the Rise of its Women

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler briefs the international media at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (State Department)

The new Asia Society Policy Institute VP and head of Asia Society's Washington, D.C., office talks to Asia Blog about trade and why women's rights are so important in Asia.

Video: New Zealand Leader Says China Sees Opportunity in the TPP

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key discusses China’s economic transformation and the country’s changing posture toward the TPP during a conversation with ASPI President Kevin Rudd. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

In a discussion with ASPI President Kevin Rudd at Asia Society New York, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he regards the potential pact as a “starting point” for opening trade more broadly across Asia.

Video: What Does India Have to Do to Get Into APEC?

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) in the Oval Office of the White House September 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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India wants to join the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation, but current members worry it will "slow down the process of moving toward greater trade facilitation and liberalization."

Opinion: With Fast-Track in Place, Key Issues Remain for TPP in Asia

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (R) smiles with US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) president Philip Seng (L) and the mascot for US pork 'Gochipo' (C) as she inspects the US booth at the annual 'Foodex' food exhibition in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on March 3, 2015. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
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Former Asia Society fellow Shom Sen writes that even though "Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are in the home stretch, some key issues require hard decisions by respective governments."

Kevin Rudd and Ajay Banga: It's Time for India to Join APEC

n Indian technician checks mobile phones at the Chinese Celkon Manufacturing plant at Medchal Mandal in the Rangareddy district on the outskirts of Hyderabad on June 26, 2015. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)
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“APEC membership is a low-risk, high-reward pathway for India to participate more fully in the Asia-Pacific and global trading system,” write Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd and MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga in the Wall Street Journal Asia.

Opinion: Why Congress is Concerned About a Free Trade Deal with Asia

Demonstrators protest against the legislation to give US President Barack Obama fast-track authority to advance trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), during a protest march on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 21, 2015.  (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
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Policymakers shouldn’t always be so quick to blame free trade for job losses, argues former Asia Society fellow Shom Sen.

Interview: Times of India Editor on Modi's Foreign Policy, One Year In

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) gestures as Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina looks on as he arrives at the Prime Minister's Office in Dhaka on June 6, 2015. (Munir Uz Zaman/Getty Images)
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Indrani Bagchi, Senior Diplomatic Editor with the Times of India, says India’s prime minister “has not been shy of boldly asserting India’s interests,” in a break with the country’s diplomatic tradition.

Opinion: What the Senate's Latest Vote Reveals About Its Stance on Trade

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) turns away after a news conference at the Capitol May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. The legislators held a news conference with small business owners from Ohio, Wisconsin and Kentucky to discuss trade and
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America’s trade partners exhaled a collective sigh of relief last week with the Senate's approval of Trade Promotion Authority.

Opinion: Behind the Latest Setback for Obama's Trade Agenda, and Why It's Surprising

People protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) gather as US President Barack Obama attends a fund raiser for the Democratic National Committee at the Sentinel Hotel May 7, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
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In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s Senate vote, backers of a Trans-Pacific Partnership had won key support in Washington and abroad. What went wrong?