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Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

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Susan Kohn Ross

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Andrew Hudson



Australia and Peru Want To Join TransPacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement

Australia and Peru have asked to join the TransPacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, which is a comprehensive and well-written free trade agreement (or economic partnership agreement) between Singapore, New Zealand, Chile and Brunei Darussalam.  The TransPacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement is also known as the Pacific 4 agreement.  In September 2008, the United States Trade Representative announced that the United States will launch negotiations to join the TransPacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (see the following link - http://www.ustr.gov/assets/Document_Library/Fact_Sheets/2008/asset_upload_file660_15116.pdf)

Some say that Vietnam is also interested in joining.  Maybe Canada should consider joining since it already has signed free trade agreements with Peru and Chile and should consider negotiating free trade agreements with New Zealand, Singapore, Australia and Brunei Darussalam.

If Australia, Peru, Canada and the United States join the TransPacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, the agreement would form the basis for a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific.  The complications will be the existing free trade agreements and how they are merged or kept separate from the new Asia Pacific Agreement.

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