TPP Conflicts Exposed: Many Areas Of Dispute, Negotiations In Crisis

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Above: DC Media Group/Anne Meador photo of US Trade Representative building in Washington, DC draped with banners urging transparency and opposing the TPP.

Today, 9 December 2013, WikiLeaks has released two more secret TPP documents that show the state of negotiations as the twelve TPP countries began supposedly final negotiations at a trade ministers’ meeting in Singapore this week.

One document describes deep divisions between the United States and other nations, and “great pressure” being exerted by the US negotiators to move other nations to their position. The other document lists, country-by-country, the many areas of disagreement remaining. It covers intellectual property and thirteen other chapters of the draft agreement. This suggests that the TPP negotiations can only be concluded if the Asia-Pacific countries back down on key national interest issues, otherwise the treaty will fail altogether.

Here are some excerpts from the Salt Lake City documents:

WIkileaks leak of TPP Salt Lake Docs Overview

WIkileaks leak of TPP Salt Lake Docs some areas of dispute

Links to the full leaks:

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TPP Salt Lake Extracts, http://wikileaks.org/IMG/pdf/tpp-salt-lake-extracts-.pdf
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TPP Salt Lake Positions, http://wikileaks.org/IMG/pdf/tpp-salt-lake-positions.pdf
On 13 November 2013 WikiLeaks released the draft text of the crucial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter during the lead-up to a TPP chief negotiators’ meeting in Salt Lake City on 19-24 November 2013.  See the first TPP release from WikiLeaks: https://wikileaks.org/tpp/.Read more here:

Zach Carter, Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal, Huffington Post.

Excerpt:The Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, increase the cost of prescription medications and restrict bank regulation, according to two internal memos obtained by The Huffington Post.

The memos, which come from a government involved in the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, detail continued disputes in the talks over the deal. The documents reveal broad disagreement over a host of key positions, and general skepticism that an agreement can be reached by year-end.

The Obama administration has urged countries to reach a deal by New Year’s Day, though there is no technical deadline.

One memo, which was heavily redacted before being provided to HuffPost, was written ahead of a new round of talks in Singapore this week. Read the full text of what HuffPost received here. (Note: Ellipses indicate redacted text. Text in brackets has been added by a third party.)

Another document, a chart outlining different country positions on the text, dates from early November, before the round of negotiations in Salt Lake City, Utah. View the chart here. HuffPost was unable to determine which of the 11 non-U.S. nations involved in the talks was responsible for the memo.

  • OldTulsan

    The Romney position on trade…

    http://web.archive.org/web/20120920052612/http://www.mittromney.com/issues/trade
    Trade

    “…Every president beginning with Ronald Reagan has recognized the power of open markets and pursued them on behalf of the United States. George W. Bush successfully negotiated eleven FTAs, encompassing sixteen countries. He also had the vision to commence negotiations with a number of allies around the Pacific Rim to expand significantly the Trans-Pacific Partnership. All told, these agreements have enabled people across the world to come together and build a better future. Economists estimate that the agreements have led to the creation of 5.4 million new American jobs and support a total of nearly 18 million jobs. Looking beyond just our FTA partners, our total exports support nearly 10 million American jobs. These are not just jobs; they’re good jobs, paying significantly above average, and more than one-third are in manufacturing.

    o Reinstate the president’s Trade Promotion Authority

    o Complete negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    o Pursue new trade agreements with nations committed to free enterprise and open markets

    o Create the Reagan Economic Zone…”

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  • Joe Hock

    The TPP is Nafta on Steroids..Legalize Democracy and pull out! Any American Politician who signs on to this,is an agent of Corporations,and is throwing Democracy under the bus,too further their Corporate Masters ambitions!

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  • [email protected]

    The TPP has tons of imperfections in it. It should be fought against at every step of the way.

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