#Hashtag: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreed Upon


The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an international trade deal connecting twelve countries including the United States, Japan and ten other Pacific countries, and has been heavily pushed forward by the Obama administration.

According to the New York Times’ article “Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Is Reached,” the deal means that:

“The overall economic and political heft of the 12-nation group suggests that, as trade officials predicted, its agreement would be a model for future accords. It would overhaul the system of settling disputes between nations and foreign companies, while barring tobacco companies from using that process to block countries’ antismoking initiatives. It also would enforce higher standards of labor conditions and environmental protection, including wildlife-trafficking.”

While there is general public support for the TPP, the political realm is much more contentious.

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