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Q. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced this month that Canada and Mexico have joined Japan in expressing interest in participating in the Transpacific Trade Partnership (TPP), an investment and trade initiative that the Obama administration considers a "top priority" in its Asia- Pacific strategy. Is the TPP on track to complete a framework in 2012, as planned, or will the recent interest from Canada, Mexico and Japan delay the timetable? Are Mexico and Canada likely to join the TPP, and what changes would they bring?
A. Patrick Kilbride, senior director for the Americas at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: