9695 COHA Report, The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Free Trade at What Costs?

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Free Trade at What Costs?

The United States and eight other Asia-Pacific nations are engaged in top secret negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), hailed by the White House as a 21st century trade agreement. Although the pact will significantly benefit regional economic integration, the TPP will encompass far more than trade. Additional provisions address investment, intellectual property rights, and environmental protection among other topics. Beyond the leaked texts and vague statements, which makes it apparent that the TPP will rewrite domestic laws and uphold investor-to-state relations, few outside the negotiating room know any details of the agreement. Thus, the TPP presents a troubling case of free trade being purchased at too great a price.

This analysis was prepared by Eric Stadius and Elizabeth Briggs, Research Associates at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
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