Japan’s Abe says TPP meaningless without the U.S.


Japan’s neoliberal Prime Minister Shinzo Abe overcame considerable domestic opposition to win parliamentary approval of the Trans-Pacific partnership, and he was the first foreign leader to win a sitdown with Donald Trump in the splendor of the President-elect’s luxurious digs in the Big Apple Thursday [a meet also attended by daughter Ivanka and spouse Jared Kushner]:

Official handout photo via euronews.

Official handout photo via euronews.

But all that flesh-pressing didn’t win Abe Trump’s support for the TPP, a pact Trump announced today [via YouTube] that he would kill on his first day in office.

And without U.S. participation, the TPP is effectively dead, Abe said today.

From the Associated Press:

Japan’s prime minister said Monday the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would be “meaningless” without U.S. participation, as Donald Trump announced he planned to quit the pact.

Shinzo Abe’s comment came shortly before the U.S. president-elect released a short video about his plans for his administration, including an intention to have the United States drop out of the TPP pact.

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Abe discounted the idea of going ahead without the Americans being a part of the deal.

“TPP is meaningless without the United States,” he said at a news conference during an official visit to Argentina.

He also said the pact couldn’t be renegotiated. “This would disturb the fundamental balance of benefits.”

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