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Transnational Corporations Revive TPP Frankenstein – Go Travel Blogger

  • Opinion Written by Jomo Kwame Sundaram (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Inter Press service

Unsurprisingly, most of the main American presidency Candidates in the 2016 elections – Even Hillary Clinton, Obama’s secretary of state, is credited with his “pivot to Asia” for isolating China – TPP Viewer.

Trump cardThe campaigns and presidency of the United States have since changed public sentiment in the United States. Many Americans now blame globalization and external threats – especially immigrants and China – for many of the major problems the United States faces.

Most believe that better jobs are lost due to cheaper production abroad, due to globalization. The downward social mobility of most Americans in recent decades has been due to technological changes, including mechanization and automation.

Frankenstein-like TPP
Uneasy with Trump’s unilateralism despite other similarities, those more anxious to rein in China – namely, the governments of Japan, Australia and Singapore – have kept the torch of the Trans-Pacific Partnership alive.

They succeeded in getting “TPP11” – with the exception of the United States – for comprehensive and progressive TPP endorsement (CPTPP). But even the claims of modest trade growth for all reports supporting the TPP were based on US market access.

With the exit of the United States, the CPTPP could have supported Japanese and other multinational corporations (TNCs) and Singapore as a financial center. But other governments stayed in office for reasons of their own, not because of realistic expectations of major economic gains.

With TPP Preference for foreign investments, Investors may travel abroad as there is less advantage in being local. Thus, foreign direct investment (FDI) and even portfolio inflows can decline under the symbolic TPP, while its burdensome provisions undermine national and public interest.

Ruling on transnational corporations
CPTPP didn’t drop or review TPP chapters the worst. It only suspended some burdensome intellectual property (IP) provisions and others, which primarily concern US TNCs. They can easily be reincorporated as successes by the new management.

Settlement of intellectual property and state disputes)ISDSThe provisions are supposed to attract a lot of foreign direct investment. The ISDS was primarily of interest to US TNCs, but the Trump team opposed it to expose the US to foreign legal claims of TNCs.

Under the ISDS, transnational corporations can sue governments, for example, for an assumed loss in profits, including future projections, even if it is due to changes in policy in the national or public interest, for example, to contain contagion.

ISDS claims are usually referred to arbitral tribunals. This non-judicial system replaces national laws and judicial bodies, with secret provisions not binding precedent or subject to appeal. Regardless of who wins, these measures are extremely costly for governments, especially those with modest resources.

Law firms recently urged foreign investors to use ISDS to sue governments for resorting to unusual COVID-19 measures. Meanwhile, COVID-19 vaccine companies have included compensation clauses that protect them from lawsuits by governments and others.

Had Trump been re-elected instead, the ISDS separation could have been removed to ensure acceptance of the United States during his second term. As with the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA), citing other cosmetic changes, it would have presented it as a significant gain.

More “rental manipulation” in the IP
Strengthening Intellectual property monopolies It will increase the value of trade by charging and paying higher prices for medicines, treatments, tests, and vaccines as well as other products protected by patents and copyrights. COVID-19 has highlighted how intellectual property rents impose avoidable costs and impede progress by discouraging cooperation.

Because “price gouging” is not illegal in the United States, its laws cannot be relied upon to protect consumers elsewhere. Unsurprisingly, prior to the pandemic, MSF warned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would go down in history as the worst “cause of unnecessary suffering and death” in developing countries.

After receiving government and other huge subsidies, transnational pharmaceutical companies will benefit greatly from the new vaccines, limiting access to poor countries and people. In contrast, free vaccinations ensured effective campaigns against smallpox, polio, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

Consequently, enhanced intellectual property rights undermine public health. Meanwhile, the common justification – that stronger IP fosters innovation, research and development – is no longer acceptable to most stakeholders, among other things, due to a lack of convincing supporting evidence.

Free trade agreements empower cross-national bullies
The trade gains via the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been greatly amplified by lobbyists. After all, the United States already has free trade agreements (Free trade agreements) With most other TPP countries. Trade barriers with others were low in most cases, so the real gains from further trade liberalization were minimal, with the exception of Vietnam, due to the legacy of the American War.

All twelve belong to the World Trade Organization (WTO), which has concluded “the largest single trade agreement ever.” As trade liberalization expert Jagdish Bajwati noted, bilateral and multilateral, including regional free trade agreements, are undermining the gains from Multilateral Trade liberalization.

Even PIIE, the pre-eminent advocate of TPP and CPTPP, has mainly claimed gains from “non-commercial issues”, especially additional foreign direct investment, which has been attracted by more investor rights. Such incentives imply more concessions on the part of host governments, and thus, fewer net gains for countries.

Thus, the Trans-Pacific Partnership mainly fostered more TNC-friendly bases, rather than trade. This is not surprising because the 6,350-page document was drafted by various business groups, including hundreds of representatives of major US TNCs and other lobbyists.

Doubtful gain, bigger losses
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains, especially across national borders. These transdermal disturbances were often the result of infection containment measures, but some were intentional. For example, the governments of the United States and Japan have urged transnational corporations to end investments in China and to outsource them.

These policy actions have also affected suppliers, many of them from Southeast Asia. While some TNCs have moved to other developing countries, the CPTPP did not help Those affected by recent economic rivalry and conflict.

Having served as Obama’s loyal vice president, Biden was told that the new administration could easily secure a swift victory with some amendments to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to address past criticism, objections, and concerns in the United States. Thus, CPTPP is offered in Washington as a low-functional, nearly ripe fruit for picking.

The new US administration must realize this Consequences of Neoliberal Corporations He was responsible for the rise in funding and the erosion of social protection leading to the social ills that enabled Trump’s rise.

Corporate globalization and COVID-19 should have also taught developing countries that they must reject free trade agreements that enhance intellectual property rights, ISDS and transnational corporations in order to secure political space for “building back better”.

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