After days of furious negotiating, the US has failed to strike a free trade deal with South Korea. President Obama still hopes that the deal can be reached within a few weeks, but probably not before Obama leaves Seoul, the LA Times reports—a Korean official said that Lee Myung-bak had adopted a “wise negotiating stance,” deciding that “we shouldn’t make unnecessary concessions because we’re pressed for time.”
The larger G20 summit, however, does appear to be near an agreement that will, at least cosmetically, address the tensions between the nations. The deal will include previously agreed upon language about letting markets determine currency values, but won’t include Chinese commitments to let the yuan rise. It’ll pledge to narrow trade deficits, but won’t include the hard targets the US would like, the Wall Street Journal reports.