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  •  No, China was not invited. (1+ / 0-)
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    In fact, some people think the US jumped into the act to counter-balance China. Theoretically, China could join but I doubt it would because of certain legal issues that won't be super popular with lots of American too.

    Note the TPP was a regional Asian group before an international group.

    BTW, Japan was also not initially invited but joined the negotiation in 2013.

    •  Thanks, koNko. (1+ / 0-)
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      And happy Thanksgiving! It's just an excuse for a feast around here, I've got 18 people coming (plus drop-ins), family and semi-family, 4 generations. Floor's gonna be wall-to-wall sleeping bags and foutons tonight! §;o)

      2013 for Japan, eh? What would I want to bet - if I were a betting person - that this new super secrecy effort is part of that, given how much Japanese exports have suffered from concerns over Fukushima? The Koreans and Chinese are plenty upset about it, and even a host of food products in Canada and the U.S. have been banned for the duration. Given that our FDA limit on radionuclide contamination in foods is ten times what Japan's are, that's interesting...

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