With the TPP slipping away the masks are coming off – PM warns US could lose clout in Asia-Pacific if it doesn’t ratify TPP. Yes, never mind the “free trade” fluff, this is about geopolitics.
John Key stated it as plainly as he dared in New York yesterday: failure to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would be a “massive lost opportunity” for the United States, he said, “because in the end is that vacuum isn’t filled by the United States, it will be filled by somebody else”.
He could have gone further and suggested the “somebody else” could be China.
Not sure what Key thought he was going to accomplish – teaching the Obama administration how to suck eggs? Really? They know exactly what the TPP is about, they have their own problems (hello President Trump), and shrill squawking from NZ isn’t going to make a blind bit of difference.
Let it go John.