The US, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim economies, representing some 40 per cent of the global economy, reached an agreement on Monday on what is the biggest trade deal signed anywhere in two decades.
Here are seven things worth knowing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
1. The TPP is as much about geopolitics as it is about trade.
Often called the “economic backbone” of US President Barack Obama’s “pivot” to Asia, the goal for the US and Japan is to get ahead of China, which is not included in the TPP, and to create an economic zone in the Pacific Rim that might balance Beijing’s economic heft in the region. It is also about writing the rules of the 21st-century global economy for everything from cross-border data flows to how state-owned enterprises are allowed to compete internationally.
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