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Baucus Presses Vietnam on U.S. Beef Imports

Workers' rights a major stumbling block.

On Wednesday in Hanoi, Vietnam, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., called on Vietnam to work with Washington on lifting restrictions on U.S. beef exports as well as on intellectual property concerns. He said that if Vietnam improved workers' he pledged to support extending tariff-free benefits to Vietnam under the Generalized System of Preferences program that currently covers trade with 132 developing nations.

The beef issue has been a sticking point throughout the region, including with China, Japan and South Korea. Baucus commended Vietnamese officials for moving more quickly on allowing imports of U.S. beef but said more needs to be done.

"I know that Vietnam is working hard to take the next step," Baucus said before the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. "And I hope to see results very soon."

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