John Key Reveals Real TPPA Agenda In Under 20 seconds.
Here's a very telling clip of John Key from last night's TVONE news. (March 31, 2016)
With regard to the TPPA he says :
"You know, if the United States abdicates it's place in a Asia, that will ultimately get filled by somebody else"
His comment mirrors Obama's one-liner in his State of the Nation address when he urged Congress to ratify the TPP in order to make sure that "China does not set the rules in that region; we do."
How does that square with former Trade Minister Tim Groser's comment of last October of 2015 that China "could join if they wished"
When people ask me "Why would Key sign a trade deal that's no good for us?" I point to Obama's revelation that he sees the TPPA as part of America's economic power play with China.
And in this divisive agenda the Key government has made it clear the New Zealand Government is siding with America's (largely corporate) interests.
Just how this will go down with the Chinese Government ( given that China is now our biggest trading partner) we will have to wait and see.
However I do wonder if the fact the Chinese are purchasing less milk products from us these days is just a coincidence, Or could it be a portent of things to come?
PS.For those of you who are interested in how our Prime Minister thinks about politics - he gives a small insight in a casual comment he makes immediately after his TPPA remark when he says he takes "with a grain of salt..the comments that politicians make on the campaign trail."
(The context is that 4 out of 5 of the Presidential Candidates have declared themselves against the TPPA)
You might wonder if he includes his own political promises made during past election campaigns in that remark.
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Bryan Bruce is an award winning documentary maker, and best selling author. Born in Scotland in 1948, his family emigrated to New Zealand in 1956. He grew up in Christchurch and attended the University of Canterbury where he graduated with an M.A. in Sociology and Philosophy and Christchurch Teacher’s College where he earned a Diploma in Teaching.
Bryan is best known for his work on 'The Investigator' documentary series, 'Inside Child Poverty' and 'Mind The Gap'.