Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Is the RCEP the TPP by another name?

The TPP failed because its corporate agenda was so damaging for people and the planet that it faced overwhelming opposition worldwide. But global corporations and some governments, including the Australian government, are pushing to repeat the same failed model in other trade agreements. First in line is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). 

But is the RCEP just the TPP by another name? Read our explainer here.

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India responds to calls to resist medicine monopolies in RCEP

October 26, 2017: MSF (Doctors without Borders) has called for India and other countries to block RCEP proposals from Japan and South Korea that would allow pharmaceutical companies to have stronger monopolies, prevent competition and keep medicine prices high. They added that it was time to end the push for ever-higher levels of monopoly control of medicines through free trade agreements .

Philippines thinks TPP not 'too hot' without US and won't join

October 17, 2017: The Finance Secretary of the Philippines, Carlos Dominguez, has stated that the Philippines will not join the TPP without the US. The US withdrew from the TPP agreement on January 24, 2017. Manila Bulletin reports that Mr Dominguez recently told a leaders' forum in Washington DC, “Without the US I don’t think it’s going to be too hot… Without the US, it doesn’t make sense.”

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