Monday, 20 November, 2017

Greens won't back trade agreement

IP provisions suspended in newly agreed TPP deal Greens won't back trade agreement
Bennie Garza | 14 November, 2017, 17:00

Trade ministers from 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership nations have agreed on core elements of the new trade pact that is moving forward despite the absence of the U.S. from the agreement.

The American President added that the USA would no longer "enter into large agreements that tie our hands" but focus on country-to-country agreements.

Brokered on the sidelines of a summit of Pacific nations in Vietnam, the initial accord is "a huge, huge step forward", said Alexander Capri, a senior fellow at National University of Singapore's Business School.

However, Canada's position has been further complicated by the fact that it is simultaneously renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with the Trump administration.

She said New Zealand had gone into the talks to be constructive and had made some good gain and that it would be disappointing for New Zealand exporters.

It is hard to expect that the US government will want to rejoin the TPP anytime soon.

Despite enthusiasm for sticking with the plan following the USA withdrawal under Trump in January, criticism over various issues persists.

On Friday, in his speech, the USA president railed against global trade deals, blaming them for America job losses and accusing Asian countries of ignoring them in "violations, cheating or economic aggression".

"The Trump team basically just wants to pound these guys into submission", he said.

Without the USA, the world's largest economy, the free trade zone formed by the CPTPP will be much smaller in scale and economic impact.

Talks to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact have effectively collapsed after Canada pulled out.

"There's no mistake", he said, referring to initial claims from Japan on Thursday that a deal had been struck that were disputed by other countries, causing confusion.

Negotiations have been revived on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has floundered since the United States of America rejected the deal in January.

Some reports suggested it could happen fast - in early 2018.

"We have confirmed there was no mistake about us having reached a basic agreement", Motegi said. It would also make manufactured inputs of goods and services from TPP-11 and European Union more competitive in the Canadian market. It also includes rules on environmental and labor standards.

CORE IDEAS INTACT The new deal has retained key elements from the original TPP, however, including ensuring the free cross-border flow of data used in e-commerce.

TPP took seven years to negotiate and was drafted in part to counter China's dominance in Asia.

Beijing is increasingly seeking to influence the region, notably through its Belt and Road Initiative that aims to foster greater trade across Asia and Europe through huge investments in things like roads, railways and ports.

And despite Trump's withdrawal from TPP, China won't necessarily find it easy to draw countries fully into its orbit. But his hosts and the other leaders took it in stride.

In contrast, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the same group that nations need to stay committed to economic openness or risk being left behind.

It would go beyond traditional deals by including issues like intellectual property, state-owned enterprises and labour rights.

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