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Oxley: The President Must Be Bold on Pacific Trade

The group has also traditionally opposed free trade and today is urging that import controls be used to leverage governments in trading partners to adopt environmental policies such as restrictions on the importation of biofuels such as palm oil from Malaysia and Indonesia.

These ambitions directly undermine how U.S. business wants to see a trans-Pacific free-trade area work - growing Asian economies and markets. This will build the competitive industries here that will export and expand job opportunities for U.S. workers.

This is also the declared policy of the Obama administration. The challenge is not to allow the national interest to be thwarted by the self-interests of its allies in organized labor and the environmental movement.

Ambassador Alan Oxley is a former chairman of the General Agreement in Tariffs and Trade, the predecessor of the World Trade Organization, and is chairman of World Growth.

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