Getting the Band Back Together

Negotiators of the newly-named ‘Comprehensive and Progressive agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership’ (CPTPP) concluded the APEC summit in Vietnam with a renewed sense of optimism. After a dramatic few days filled with controversy, misinformation, and allegations of ‘snubbing’, the eleven Pacific Rim countries have agreed to the ‘core elements’ of a new trade deal (“TPP Countries”, 2017).

While the talks at the summit have attracted much attention, what is lost in the popular discussion is how unlikely the deal’s revival seemed just a few months ago, and how significant it is that an agreement has now been reached.

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