TPP: This is a fight worth joining

Article – Hadyn Green Trade negotiations are tense affairs. There are always interested parties trying to get your ear, long nights spent arguing small but technical points, and the invisible but ever present political pressure. So it was in Brunei late August where the latest … TPP: This is a fight worth joining by Hadyn Green October 9, 2013 http://publicaddress.net/speaker/tpp-this-is-a-fight-worth-joining/ Trade negotiations are tense affairs. There are always interested parties trying to get your ear, long nights spent arguing small but technical points, and the invisible but ever present political pressure. So it was in Brunei late August where the latest round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was being held. I was there too. What is the TPP? The TPP is a big free trade agreement between 12 pacific nations: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. Japan being the latest to join (Brunei was Japan’s first negotiating round) and now Korea may join the group. Initially it started back in 2005 with just Chile, New Zealand and Singapore with Brunei tacked on soon after. So the agreement has been negotiated for a long time. For the most part it seems like a regular free trade agreement (depending on your opinion of FTAs). This meant that the actual negotiations and texts were not available to the public. When...

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