a bit of good news for once
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade disagreement talks continue to resemble a slow-motion train wreck, with the latest round of negotiations apparently stalled over agricultural subsidies. According to Reuters, the latest round of talks in Singapore ground to a halt because America and Japan are butting heads over the latter's …
"According to Reuters, the latest round of talks in Singapore ground to a halt because America and Japan are butting heads over the latter's protectionist attitude towards rice, wheat and meat production"
The one thing we can be assured about this Trans-Pacific Partnership is, it isn't a partnership and isn't about free trade. What it will do is sign away Japan's intellectual property rights in relations to, for example, such sectors as software and non-GMP crops, as in it will be illegal to ban GMP crops or even label such food-stuffs. Dilute local laws against the use of dangerous pesticides and herbicides. The bit about "regulatory coherence" should be the dead give-away. So, basically signatories to the "partnership", will end up paying America for writing their own software, making their own drugs and growing their own crops. If you look at a list of corporations who helped write the agreement, you'll get an idea of who it's meant to really benefit.
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