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Thursday, June 4, 2015, 13:03

China sent out trade pact feelers: Obama

By Agencies

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said China has made enquiries about potentially joining a Trans-Pacific trade agreement in the future.

In an interview Wednesday with American Public Media's "Marketplace'' radio show, Obama said that the Trans-Pacific negotiations among the US and 11 other Pacific rim countries would set international trade rules affecting even China, which is not now a party to the talks.

"They've already started putting out feelers about the possibilities of them participating at some point,'' Obama told "Marketplace'' host Kai Ryssdal.

Obama wants negotiating authority that would set rules for future trade deals, with lawmakers retaining the right only to approve or reject the final agreements, but not change them. Republican leaders and a majority of Republican lawmakers support Obama's push. Most House Democrats are stiffening their opposition, contending the deals would be toothless and cost jobs.

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