Trump has directed his top economic adviser Larry Kudlow and the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to "look into re-entering the agreement," according to the Times, in part because of China's "unfair" trade practices.
The TPP was a proposed multilateral trade agreement between the Pacific Rim nations of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States. In terms of both its scope and potential erosion of national sovereignty, the agreement has been likened to a super NAFTA and the European Union, with both The New American magazine and former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions describing the TPP as a "Pacific Union."
Following the Trump administration's withdrawal from the agreement at the onset of his presidency, the remaining 11 countries continued negotiations and have since renamed it the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Withdrawing from the TPP, which Trump had previously dubbed as a "rape of our country" and the "worst deal since NAFTA," was a central tenet of Trump's anti-globalist "America First" platform that propelled him to the White House.
Although Trump tweeted his apparent disapproval of the TPP a few days later on April 17, citing, "Too many contingencies and no way to get out if it doesn't work," the next day U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue confirmed the administration's renewed interest in joining. Secretary Perdue told the Senate Appropriations Committee's Agriculture Subcommittee, "We would welcome that arrangement with joining those other 11 countries. It would be a great unification against China," according to the Washington Examiner.
According to conventional wisdom from pro-TPP Republicans and so-called experts in the mainstream U.S. media, the TPP would curb and contain Communist China's economic influence and trade practices in the Asia-Pacific region. However, the facts say the opposite.
Although China is not presently a party in the current TPP/CPTPP negotiations, it has expressed interest in joining the agreement. In October 2016, during a televised interview on CNBC's Squawk Box with then-Indiana Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence, Pence admitted China's interest in joining.
"When I was in China last year, they were really interested in being a part of TPP. I met with the vice premier over there and he made it very clear they'd like to be a part of that deal...," Pence said.
The year prior, during an interview on Russian interstate channel Mir TV, then-"Secretary of State John Kerry invited both China and Russia to join the TPP," The New American reported.
"We invite people to come join other initiatives, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the TPP. We welcome China, we welcome Russia, we welcome other countries who would like to join, as long as they want to raise the standards and live up to the highest standards of protecting people and doing business openly and transparently and accountably," Secretary Kerry said.
Interestingly, China and Russia, as well as the United States and the 11 remaining TPP/CPTPP countries, are all members of APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, a forum for 21 Pacific Rim nations.
Founded in 1989, APEC is a regional intergovernmental organization that ostensibly promotes economic and political cooperation throughout the Pacific Rim. APEC envisions the creation of "free trade" agreement for all of its member nations called the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), and views the TPP as a pathway towards the FTAAP.
On November 13, 2010, the White House, under then-President Barack Obama, posted an official APEC press release on its website expressing the intention of all APEC leaders to work towards the creation of the FTAAP. "We believe that an FTAAP should be pursued as a comprehensive free trade agreement by developing and building on ongoing regional undertakings, such as ASEAN+3, ASEAN+6, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, among others," the release further stated. [Emphasis added.]
Following a recent interview of APEC Secretariat Executive Director Alan Bollard with the Japanese-based Nikkei Asian Review about the TPP, the Nikkei reported, "The TPP will pave the way to its broader ambition of creating a free trade zone across the Asia Pacific region, dubbed the FTAAP."
In fact, this is further confirmed in the preamble of the TPP. On page two of the two-page TPP preamble, the final point reads:
EXPAND their partnership by encouraging the accession of other States or separate customs territories in order to further enhance regional economic integration and create the foundation of a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific.
Furthermore, chapter 30 of the TPP agreement, entitled "Final Provisions," opens TPP membership to APEC member states. Article 30.4 of chapter 30 of the TPP reads:
Article 30.4: Accession
1. This Agreement is open to accession by:
(a) any State or separate customs territory that is a member of APEC, and
(b) such other State or separate customs territory as the Parties may agree,
that is prepared to comply with the obligations set out in the Agreement, subject to such terms and conditions as may be agreed between the State or customs territory and the Parties, and following approval in accordance with the applicable legal procedures of each Party and acceding State or customs territory.
Undeniably, despite the avalanche of disinformation disseminated by the mainstream media and globalist pro-TPP elected officials, "The TPP is not designed to contain China; it's designed to converge with China," as Christian Gomez points out in his article on The New American, entitled, "Trans-Pacific Partnership to Facilitate U.S.-China Merger."
To read more about how the TPP is in fact not designed to stop China but instead to facilitate a merger with it through the FTAAP, we encourage you to read Gomez's article.
The John Birch Society has created a brief prewritten, editable, message that you can send to both President Trump and Vice President Pence encouraging them to oppose any reentry in the TPP/CPTPP on the grounds that the TPP would facilitate a U.S.-China merger in APEC's proposed FTAAP.
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