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Trans Pacific Partnership talks might go into overtime as negotiators pursue deal

Trade expert Peter Clark is in Lahaina, Hawaii, where he will be reporting on talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting.

Lahaina, Hawaii – The eagles have landed on Ka’anapali Beach. Canada’s Trade Minister Ed Fast arrived Monday evening to join United States Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman and 8 other TPP decision makers. Peru’s Minister of Trade and Tourism Magali Silva came in a day later. And Brunei will not be represented.

The Day One plenary session was closed to the public. It would have been a series of set pieces, pep talks and cheerleading.

The ball game is approaching an end – the starters have been pulled and Ministers have been called up from the bullpen – without a lot of time to warm up.

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