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U.S. struggles with pharmaceutical goals in Asia trade talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is striving to find an appropriate balance in Asia-Pacific free trade talks between providing strong patent and data protections for U.S. drug manufacturers and ensuring poor people have access to medicine, a U.S. trade negotiator said on Thursday. Full story

Marantis to be acting trade chief as Kirk steps down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trade Representative Ron Kirk said on Thursday he was serving his last day in the job and that a top deputy, Demetrios Marantis, would take over as acting trade chief until a replacement is nominated and confirmed by the Senate. Full story

Marantis to be acting U.S. trade chief as Kirk steps down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said on Thursday he was serving his last day in the job and that a top deputy, Demetrios Marantis, would take over as acting trade chief until a replacement is nominated and confirmed by the Senate. Full story

U.S., Iraq move forward on plan to strengthen trade ties: USTR

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An agreement between the United States and Iraq to boost trade and investment ties is expected go into force later this year, eight years after it was negotiated, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Wednesday. Full story

U.S. seeks to tackle trade-secret theft by China, others

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Faced with the growing theft of U.S. trade secrets, the White House said on Wednesday it was stepping up diplomatic pressure and mulling tougher laws to stem the threat to American businesses and security from China and other nations. Full story

White House adviser Froman unlikely to take trade job: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Michael Froman, White House deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, is unlikely to succeed Ron Kirk as U.S. trade representative as some in Washington had speculated, two sources Reuters on Tuesday. Full story

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Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank speaks as U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk listens at a news conference during the 23rd session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Washington on December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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