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Gillards cabinet sworn in as U.S. trade representative, Feb. 5, 2001. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

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Washington, Nov. 15 (UPI) — As the United States and China sign their first major trade agreement in more than 20 years, one of the main questions before Congress is how exactly will it play into China’s push to expand its influence in the region and to boost exports across the Pacific.

USTR Ron Kirk, the current chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will become the new U.S. trade representative, effective Monday. The U.S. trade representative’s job is to make sure the TPP makes sure that the United States does its fair share in the region and helps balance U.S. interests with those of the other 12 TPP countries on economic growth and trade.

According to documents published Thursday by The Wall Street Journal, Kirk — who retired as trade representative in May of 2009 — will leave behind the job of helping the administration deal with issues such as food safety standards in food-producing countries.

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Kirk’s new duties will mostly focus on what he calls “domestic rules” — like labeling, labeling requirements for foods and the labeling of products sold abroad — that apply to U.S. p서산출장마사지roducts sold overseas.

U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk leaves office. Photo by JIM WATSON / Reuters.

The Obama administration last month released 007 카지노a list of 11 trade related policies it believes will benefit American consumers when TPP is finished. For example, Obama wants to protect consumers against price hSM 카지노ikes during food supply chains and allow more domestic firms to compete internationally.

But the final decisions to include these ideas may not be made yet. For now, Kirk won’t be able to influence the final deal that is being negotiated or the impact of it at the U.S. Trade Representative’s table.

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USTR Ron Kirk.