The propagandists of the Right are in full flight and trying their spin lines everywhere.
Here are some of them turning up on this blog…
– Is it OK to have an FTA with China but not with the US? Why/not?
– Did you approve of the China FTA at the time it was made?
– Do you think the China FTA has been beneficial for NZ? If so, why/why not?
– Should we stand aside and let an Asia Pacific trade bloc develop that we have no part in?
– Negotiations are about give and take so if the Pharmac issues are to be our bottom line what do we ‘give’ to retain your desired level of control over buying US drugs at reasonable prices?
1 – Your question clearly shows you have no understanding of how vast the difference between the China FTA & TPPA are.
2 – The China deal is completely different from the TPPA
3 – Yes because it is completely different from the TPPA
4 – Of course not, but the TPPA isn’t a free trade block
5 – The question shows you have no comprehension of the impact it already creates
Let me be as clear about this as I possibly can – the TPPA isn’t a ‘trade’ deal, it’s a geopolitical response by America to China which ends up benefitting US corporations.
This is Billionaires without Borders.
The TPPA has 29 chapters, only 5 of these are about trade. The rest are about expanding American hegemony into the Pacific while empowering corporate interests.
You will hear much about the importance of the TPP for “free trade.” The reality is that this is an agreement to manage its members’ trade and investment relations – and to do so on behalf of each country’s most powerful business lobbies. Make no mistake: It is evident from the main outstanding issues, over which negotiators are still haggling, that the TPP is not about “free” trade.
Confidential USTR Emails Show Close Industry Involvement In TPP Negotiations
While a full range of stakeholders would be affected by the outcome of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement under secret negotiation by the United States and a dozen trading partners, corporate representatives have had a special seat at the negotiating table, as shown by hundreds of pages of confidential emails from the US Trade Representative’s office obtained by Intellectual Property Watch. The emails give a rare and fascinating perspective on how policy is developed in the trade office.
What is striking in the emails is not that government negotiators seek expertise and advice from leading industry figures. But the emails reveal a close-knit relationship between negotiators and the industry advisors that is likely unmatched by any other stakeholders.
…and how easy was it for NZ to be manipulated…
At one point early on, Doug Nelson of CropLife said his team had been lobbying government officials in Kuala Lumpur and Vietnam on “agchemical data protection,” and that “their reception to our TRIPS Article 39.3 emphasis on data exclusivity was very positive.” He asked if CropLife could make a presentation at an upcoming round of TPP talks in New Zealand or if there was a spot on the US delegation for a representative. USTR official Stan McCoy replied simply that they did not know how the New Zealand government was going to handle private sector side meetings.
In another email in 2011, McCoy told GE lobbyists, “In case your CEO will be at the patent reform bill signing, I wanted to let you know that NZ Trade Minister Tim Groser is planning to attend. It would be a lovely opportunity for a CEO to turn to him and, for example, encourage NZ to support a strong IP chapter in the TPP…”
…none of this however is of interest to the NZ mainstream media. They believe that real news is too hard for the laid back anti-intellectual NZ reader. They don’t want to spook sleepy hobbits to wake from Briscoe sales and buying more property so it’s an endless river of mind numbing crap.
Here is what the NZ Herald and Stuff decided was more important than a corporate coup removing NZs economic and political sovereignty the day after the TPPA was signed.
A porn renovation TV show might make some more money than they first thought.
That’s right folks, the single biggest erosion of our political and economic sovereignty for US corporate interests has to struggle to get any attention amongst a sea of sports gamblers feeling depressed, porn renovation TV shows, boats falling off trailers, bad bus trips, world not ending, radio hosts wearing togs, flooded apartments, spending money on flowers and dogs being put down.
This is why we are a nation of sheep.