A protester holds a slogan
during a rally against the
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
in Lima, Peru, 2014.
Shizuo Kambayashi | AP
are practically begging Biden
to revisit the controversial trade agreement,
"China must be isolated."
But now, with the
imminent arrival of the new Biden administration, many of the
most influential policy groups in Washington are quietly trying to
Writing for the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), Joshua Eisenman, the organization's Senior Fellow in China Studies, argues that it is "time to revisit the TPP," which has now been rebranded as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Last month, China signed a far-reaching trade agreement with most of the countries of south and east Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
For many in Washington, this is a warning sign that the Pacific region is slipping out of U.S. control.
For Eisenman, Asian countries are apparently,
While the United States continues to build up its military in the South China Sea,
In a remarkable feat of projection, the American think tank also suggests that,
The situation for the Biden administration, therefore,
The AFPC is one of the most influential think tanks in Washington D.C., its board of advisors full of powerful state officials.
Among them are,
The AFPC's Advisory Board
is a veritable 'who's who' of DC insiders
Encompassing around 800 million people and accounting for 40% of the world's economy, the TPP was the largest proposed trade agreement in world history, with the Obama administration describing it as,
It included not only tariff reductions but also,
Biden was Obama's vice-president and supported the deal at the time.
Now, former officials are practically begging him to revisit the controversial agreement, arguing that China must be isolated.
If Biden does not commit to the new CPTPP, then he is,
Asian media also appear to be taking the prospect of a renewed TPP deal quite seriously.
While it was negotiated in secret, away from public eyes, when it was completed, there was a massive public relations campaign aimed at pushing the American public to accept it.
This included some utterly bizarre and brazen pieces of public propaganda, including President Obama appearing on The Tonight Show to sing a love song dedicated to the TPP.
Fallon warbled, over the baying hoots of the ecstatic audience...
It appeared a poorly-performed love song was not enough to convince the public of the deal's efficacy, however, and it was permanently shelved by the Trump administration in early 2017.
This was partially due to enormous popular pushback to the agreement.
Once it was established that corporations could sue governments for lost profits over issues like environmental regulations, safety standards on foods and other goods, or costly safety protections for workers, public anger mounted.
There were mass protests across virtually every signatory country to the TPP, leading to an unlikely alliance between,
Professor Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, described the TPP as a,
...while Senator Bernie Sanders claimed it would have,
If these estimations are correct, it is understandable why those within the Elite are so eager to resurrect such an unpopular deal.
Those who opposed it four years ago will no doubt have to muster similar energy if the deal returns in 2021...