Skip to comments.Canada, Mexico eye joining US-led Pacific pact
Posted on 11/12/2011 8:27:19 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
HONOLULU: Canada, Mexico and at least two other countries have expressed interest in joining US-led talks for a pan-Pacific trade pact, a US Republican lawmaker said on Friday after Japan asked to take part.
Theres a good deal of momentum for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), Representative Kevin Brady said after meetings with members of President Barack Obamas administration at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
That momentum was evidenced by Japans announcement earlier on Friday that it was interested in joining the talks and what seem to be very solid inquiries from Canada, Mexico and a few others, Brady said.
Brady said he was told the Philippines and Papua New Guinea also expressed interest in joining the negotiations that now include the United States and eight other members of APEC.
New countries joining the TPP talks would underline the importance of a regional pact as a vehicle for fostering free trade when global talks have all but failed. Japan in the TPP would create a potential market at least 40 percent larger than the 27-nation European Union.
Obama and leaders from the eight other TPP countries Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Chile and Peru will meet on Saturday to discuss progress so far in the talks.
Brady, a leader of the APEC caucus in the House of Representatives and chairman of a trade subcommittee, said he hoped the leaders would set a goal of concluding a deal by mid-2012 but said he did not know if they would.
Adding new members could slow the process significantly. Brady said Japan and any country that wants to join at this point is going to have to speed up and merge.
As goes Papua New Guinea, so go The Solomons.
“Free trade” = lysing of the cytoplasm of America across a disrupted cell membrane.
More looting of the wealth of the United States of America under the guise of “free trade.”
This is a bunch of garbage. We should only enter into trade agreements that advance our industries here or provide things we are currently lack. For the most part, we could be nearly self-sufficient if we chose to be.
...the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)... at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum...I love how this shill piece tried to make that hump Zero look Presidential, and how the article kept adding in countries (and raising the count) which want to join this.