President Bill Clinton has unveiled US hopes for the new global trade round - a short, sharp affair that opens new markets for American farmers and is firmly linked to labour and environmental concerns. As Mr Clinton spoke of the need to spread international development through a cyberspace kept entirely free of any tariffs, his trade officials made clear that US interests first were driving its agenda for the upcoming World Trade Organisation meeting in Seattle. 'How can we deny the legitimacy or the linking of these issues, trade and labour, in a global economy?,' Mr Clinton said. 'We must put a human face on the global economy.' 'We need to ensure working people everywhere feel they have a stake in global trade, that it gives them a chance for better life, that they know that spirited economic competition will not become a race to the bottom in labour standards and environmental pollution.' In a sweeping and general address to the Democratic Leadership Council, Mr Clinton acknowledged he had to fight to unify his own party over the need for clearer, more open leadership in free trade issues. 'We must fulfil our role to lead the world to freer trade,' he said. Mr Clinton has faced international criticism that the US is not going to Seattle with as much ambition as it should after less than outright commitments to the freest possible trade under his tenure. The meeting is due to take place amid internationally organised protests by labour and environmental groups. The Clinton plan seeks a shorter trade round of about three years, as opposed to the usual eight or nine, and also gives priority cuts to agricultural subsidies - a key political issue in a nation in which a third of all farmland produces for export. The president singled out the European Union for fierce criticism, saying they accounted for 85 per cent of all agricultural subsidies - a fact he claimed which kept developing nations in poverty. The US wants to end subsidies on fishing or forestry, and says all non-productive farming must be wiped out. It wants extensive changes to open new markets for US firms in services, international government procurements and manufacturing - sectors Washington claims it has opened more than anyone else. Washington is also demanding fresh agreements to ensure the complete liberty of all forms of electronic commerce - also protecting the openness of a field it leads. It also wants to abolish remaining tariffs on high-technology products.