WASHINGTON — A textile trade and lobbying group has asked U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to reconsider Vietnam’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks after the country appeared for the first time on the Department of Labor’s list of products allegedly using child and forced labor in apparel manufacturing.
Auggie Tantillo, executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, sent the letter to Kirk on Tuesday, arguing that Vietnam’s placement on the child and forced labor list raises the question of whether the country should participate in the TPP talks, which, if completed, would be the largest trade agreement for the U.S. and 10 other countries.
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