October 5 - Launch of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
After years of negotiations, 12 Pacific Rim countries sign-off on a free trade agreement. The partnership, which had been under negotiation since 2008, eliminates barriers to trade and investment. TPP countries include: the US, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The agreement, however, is missing one crucial partner - China.