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originally posted by: CB328
I read about it in the Seattle Times today, and it didn't sound nearly as evil as everyone is making it out to be. In fact, they said it will push some higher standards on some of these countries that have very low standards right now. They did say though that some people are worried it will cost jobs.
originally posted by: lacrimoniousfinale
Can someone please explain why this spells the end of our freedom(s)?
originally posted by: Kapriti
a reply to: CB328
The governments in North America must be drugging the people. There is no way in hell that something like the TPP would have gotten through just twenty years ago.
originally posted by: Philippines
Wow... All the hate on this agreement. I admit to not understanding what the TPP really means, but it seems like a good thing the Philippines is not part of it, at least to my knowledge.
The U.S. Navy currently dominates this vital strait courtesy of warships that are based in Singapore (at the southern end of the Malay Peninsula) and tacitly welcomed by Malaysia. Both of those nations are perturbed and directly threatened by China's muscular actions in their neighborhood. In a sign of its concern, Malaysia has even offered to expand the American military footprint in the region by hosting U.S. Navy aircraft.
For the Malaysians, the worry is not simply the Strait of Malacca. It is the idea that China may become a hegemon in the South China Sea. Beijing's expansion there has directly infringed on waters claimed by Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia and Taiwan.
"Contrary to the conventional view of an American economy bubbling with innovative small companies, the reality is quite different," Reich writes.
And although we are only beginning to understand the details — mostly because the Trans-Pacific Partnership was negotiated away from the prying eyes of voters — one of the main criticisms of international trade deals like the TPP is that the main beneficiaries are large corporations, not ordinary citizens.
"Negotiators worked overtime on terms to please multinational corporations — under close consultation with those same corporations. But there was no consultation with labour or civil society groups," says a release from the Trade Justice Network, a group that opposes the deal.