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McCain: US should seek trade pacts with Taiwan, India, suspend all Myanmar economic sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Republican Sen. John McCain wants the Obama administration to ramp up its free trade agenda in Asia and suspend U.S. economic sanctions on Myanmar.
McCain said Monday the U.S. has been "sitting on the sidelines" while China has moved swiftly to secure free trade agreements in Asia and Latin America.
He said the U.S. was negotiating too slowly on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact with eight other nations, and should seek bilateral pacts with Taiwan and India.
McCain is the latest U.S. lawmaker to want to ease economic restrictions on Myanmar's military-dominated government as a reward for democratic reforms. Rights groups oppose such a step.
McCain, who spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said he supports retaining the U.S. arms embargo with Myanmar.