Officials spark furor by suggesting FTAs hurt US

Oct 31, 2006 | 01:04 PM | Rory Carroll

Opponents of bilateral free-trade agreements (FTAs) have seized on recent comments by officials from the U.S. Trade Representative's office that suggest the accords are working against U.S. interests.

"From Chile to Singapore to Mexico, the history of our FTAs is that bilateral trade surpluses of our trading partners go up," Karan K. Bhatia, deputy USTR, said in comments at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. ....





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