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Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements

Article – Gordon Campbell So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese – each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade … Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements First posted at werewolf.co.nz So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer – the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese – each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade access. In their desperation to get the TPP passed, US lawmakers have been describing the contest as an apocalyptic struggle for regional dominance. As President Barack Obama claimed in a recent Washington Post op ed: America should write the rules. America should call the shots. Other countries should play by the rules that America and our partners set, and not the other way around. New Zealand is one of those US “partners” that belong to both deals and last week, the latest round of RCEP talks concluded in Auckland. So far, the Key government hasn’t provided the public with much in the way of a reasoned comparison of what benefits – and drawbacks – these two deals...

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Gordon Campbell on tobacco politics, and the TPP death watch

Column – Gordon Campbell Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmmthere do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning , … Gordon Campbell on tobacco politicking, and the TPP death watch Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning, David Seymour took up his sword and shield to fight for a world that’s about to be denied the rich and vibrant beauty of tobacco advertising. Avast ye hordes of faceless bureaucrats aiming to put tobacco products in plain packets! David Seymour is in the House! Plain packaging may save lives, but does it have to be such a dull way of saving lives? Is there no other hero prepared to fight for Philip Morris, and for the God-given right of Benson and Hedges to peddle their deadly wares in luscious golden packaging? Do we want to live in a world without Marlboro Man billboards? There is a principle at stake here. And...

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TPP’s biologics data protection

Article – BusinessDesk April 27 (BusinessDesk) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s longer data protection for biologic pharmaceutical makers will push up the cost of the fastest growing primary health treatment in the country, the Medical Association says.TPP’s biologics data protection will push up health-care costs, Medical Association says By Paul McBeth April 27 (BusinessDesk) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s longer data protection for biologic pharmaceutical makers will push up the cost of the fastest growing primary health treatment in the country, the Medical Association says. Biologic drugs account for more than 40 percent of new pharmaceutical products being developed and proposals...

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China, India show their hands on investor access

Article – BusinessDesk April 21 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand trade officials have seen offers on terms for investment access for the first time from a number of Asian nations, including China, in negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).China, India show their hands on investor access in RCEP trade talks By Paul McBeth April 21 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand trade officials have seen offers on terms for investment access for the first time from a number of Asian nations, including China, in negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The 12th round of negotiations on RCEP, seen as a China-backed counterweight to the US-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership, is set for this week. Trade officials from New Zealand, Australia, China, India, South Korea, Japan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are meeting in Perth for the negotiation round on a deal which, like the more advanced but controversial TPP pact, would extend beyond simple tariff and quota measures and into agreed rules on investment. New Zealand already has existing free trade relationships with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) , Australia, China, Korea and Japan, and has been trying without success so far to secure a bilateral deal with India. A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman told a briefing in Wellington that the RCEP can help secure a...

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