Rumours about results of the Ottawa Round justify the low expectations.
That there will likely be another Chief Negotiators meeting (in September) and a Ministers meeting (in October) should have been blindingly obvious.
These are essentially next steps to the November Leaders meeting somewhere in Asia now that it has been recognized (or has it) that China was not the best place to declare as yet undefined victory.
Too much spin. Too many photo ops. Too little substance. No political will.
Move over Doha and FTAA – TPP is challenging for least credible trade initiative.
If the TPP negotiation was a high school prom, Japan’s dance card would be full.
Without Japan, the TPP is a hollow shell, lacking critical mass.
Some in Japan claim that the U.S. needs and wants the TPP more than Japan does. This ignores the military defence sharing aspects of Obama’s Pivot to Asia. But Japanese negotiators know how to use leverage – and will.
My latest iPolitics.ca column here, addresses the state of play going into the Ottawa Round and identifies potential problems.
Back to the negotiating venue. More to come.
When is a Round not a Round? When the TPP ringmasters want to avoid consultation.
The Ottawa Round, a round in everything but name, has descended on Ottawa. The usual cone of silence rules apply.
Official Opposition trade critic, Don Davies, MP seized the advantage and spoke at length to Inside U.S. Trade. The result – Inside U.S. Trade feature status for the Official Opposition and official silence for the Government.
Where is the TPP coming from? My views are here:
The TPP: Doomed to fail?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership – State of play
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is spinning its wheels
Where is it going – please see the next post.