Leaders from China, Japan and South Korea signed a landmark pact with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Laos Monday aimed at developing the world's largest free trade area by 2010.
Trade ministers from across the Americas papered over differences and concluded their meeting one day early after drafting an outline for future talks aimed at creating the world's largest free trade bloc.
House and Senate negotiators agreed Thursday night to give President Bush "fast track" authority in trade negotiations, which would allow him to strike international trade agreements that Congress could vote up or down, but not modify.
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