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US to SKorea: We'll buy your shirts if you buy our cars

Financial Times | US and S Korea reach landmark trade deal

Likely subtext: "Please let us sell cars to China."

”The agreement will generate export opportunities for US farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and service suppliers, promote economic growth and the creation of better paying jobs in the United States, and help American consumers save money while offering them greater choices,” US President George W. Bush said in a letter to the speaker of the US House of Representatives... [Deputy US trade representative] Mr Bhatia described the deal as a ”real shot in the arm” for the US trade agenda.

”For one thing it’s the first FTA we will have done with a major industrial Asian economy and given the importance of Asia to the global economy, having this FTA will give us a leg up in trying to broaden our relations in the region,” he said.