by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Nov. 19, 2012
Image by Public Citizen via Flickr
The following is the first installment of a three-part exclusive for Occupy.com on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Originally published at Occupy.com.
In 2008, the United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab announced the U.S. entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks as “a pathway to broader Asia-Pacific regional economic integration.” Originating in 2005 as a “Strategic Economic Partnership” between a few select Pacific countries, the TPP has, as of October 2012, expanded to include 11 nations in total: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia, with the possibility of several more joining in the future.