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Obama Confident In Asia Trade Pact, But Track Record For Deals Is Spotty

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A Malaysian flag sits on a table among other flags during a news conference at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement talks in July 2012 in San Diego. Nearly two and a half years later, the deal remains incomplete. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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Asian Allies' Anxieties Rise Amid Washington Paralysis

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