While China’s admission won’t be any time soon (it requires unanimous consent from members), Beijing alone shows how unseriously the far-left and far-right America are when it comes to China. They scold Beijing’s human rights policy and then block one of America’s most effective tools to push China — and that’s the most we can ever do — toward greater transparency and the rule of law, ie TPP.
“Reformers in China have been closely monitoring the original TPP negotiations in the hope that China’s accession to the TPP could lead to domestic reforms,” he said. James McGregor, the chairman of the consulting firm APCO Worldwide, Greater China. “Those days are gone. In its new effort to join, China will likely try to use the lure of its huge market to entice the other members to coexist with China that meets certain TPP requirements, while the other obscures.”
What makes this Chinese maneuver even more ridiculous is that Trump was so ignorant of the contents of the TPP before tearing it up—his main objection was undoubtedly that Obama had negotiated it—that when first asked about it in a campaign debate in November 2015, Trump wrongly suggested that China was in it from the start. Trump was just ahead of his time!
But Trump’s folly had plenty of tacit support from Bernie Sanders and his fellow progressives with their knee-jerk opposition to the pact — even though it was designed by Obama. address all the basic labor and environmental issues that the left disliked about free trade.
Let’s go to the videotape and remember what the Obama team – not Trump, not the GOP – OBAMA – built into the original TPP, which also included Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand , Peru, Singapore and Vietnamese.
One of the largest multilateral trade deals ever made included restrictions on foreign state-owned companies dumping subsidized products into our markets. It describes intellectual property protection for the latest and most advanced American-made tech products — such as free access to all cloud computing services, which China restricts. It contained explicit anti-trafficking provisions that prohibited turning guest workers into slave labour. It banned the trade in endangered wildlife parts, a practice still common in China that may have played a role in the pandemic. It required signatories to allow their workers to form independent unions to bargain collectively and eliminate all practices of child labor.
Indeed, speaking during a trip to Australia in 2012Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “this TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open up free, transparent and fair trade, the kind of environment with the rule of law and a level playing field.” It would build in “strong protection for workers and the environment”. … Respecting workers’ rights leads to positive long-term economic outcomes, better jobs with higher wages and safer working conditions.”