Japan Set to Join TPP as Secret Negotiations Continue in Malaysia

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
07/10/2013
       
Japan Set to Join TPP as Secret Negotiations Continue in Malaysia

On July 15, the 18th round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will begin in Malaysia. Japan is set to join the 11 countries currently included in the "free trade" area.

The 18th round of secretive negotiations on the formation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a massive so-called free trade treaty — is about to begin in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. In advance of that confab, one group has announced the creation of a campaign to stop the TPP from becoming the law in the United States.

The campaign, called Flush the TPP, is being sponsored by PopularResistance.org. According to the web page promoting the effort, “a movement to stop the TPP is expanding rapidly. Every Tuesday, people across North America are holding actions against the TPP, from education events to civil disobedience.”

Part of the latter prong of the program involves handing out pre-printed cards opposing the TPP and “holding a sign in a public place on #TPPTuesday, or a more complicated and creative action such as light projection or highway bannering.”

PopularResistance.org’s Flush the TPP website rightly reports that “this massive trade agreement is a high priority for transnational corporations, and they are working fast to make it law.”

As The New American reported just after the start of President Obama’s second term:

In an article published by World Politics Review, for example, Edward Alden writes that the Obama administration’s acceptance and acceleration of the TPP is the “biggest swerve” away from a global Great Depression.

Alden writes:

The global financial crisis of 2008 and the recession that followed produced the first steep decline in world trade since the Great Depression. Yet rather than falling down, the United States and other countries have managed to swerve and keep going.

The biggest swerve was the embrace of regional trade liberalization, starting with Asia.

Identifying the TPP as the president’s “top trade priority,” Alden suggests that the “embrace of regional trade liberalization” will keep the United States from falling down the steep decline toward economic devastation.

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