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The Trans-Pacific Shell Game

While the Trans-Pacific Partnership might help the US to advance its goal of containing China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region, the economic case is not nearly as strong. In fact, the TPP will produce only meager benefits, which will mainly accrue to large corporations – and come at the expense of ordinary citizens.

ROME – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is being portrayed as a boon for all 12 of the countries involved. But opposition to the agreement may be the only issue that the remaining US presidential candidates can agree on, and Canada’s trade minister has expressed serious reservations about it. Are the TPP’s critics being unreasonable?