State-owned enterprises muddle TPP talks

May 01, 2013 | 04:05 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP, state-owner enterprises, Steel Manufacturers Association. daniel watson, catherine ngai

WASHINGTON — Discussions on how to manage state-owned enterprises (SOEs) may come under increased scrutiny in future negotiations over what could be one of the largest trade agreements to date—the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

SOEs, or government-owned corporations, are entities in which governments can take part in commercial activities—a structure some say may prevent the corporations from acting in a commercial manner due to potential subsidies or benefits. ....

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