Interview conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, BA Hons (Cantab)
Please can you give an introduction to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement? Which countries are in negotiation?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade deal currently being negotiated between eleven countries of the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, United States, Singapore and Vietnam.
But the scope of the TPP is potentially much broader than the current eleven countries. Negotiators have said that they are structuring the agreement in such a way that would allow more countries to join, and the TPP could eventually include all twenty-one APEC nations. Thailand has already announced its intention to join, and Japan and the Philippines are actively considering it.
Even more alarming, U.S. negotiators have said the TPP...