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400,000 join Greenpeace’s campaign to stop Thailand joining CPTPP


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Members of Greenpeace Thailand gathered in front of Government House on Tuesday, to present the 400,000 signatures it has gathered in opposition to the government’s plan to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). 

 

The cabinet will decide this Thursday whether to begin membership negotiations.

 

Carrying a large green balloon, containing the 400,000 signatures from change.org and Greenpeace’s website, the group also submitted a letter, containing their demands, to the government, stating that Thailand should protect farmers’ rights, consumer rights, food stability, biodiversity, people’s access to medicines, public health services and health insurance.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/400000-join-greenpeaces-campaign-to-stop-thailand-joining-cptpp/

 

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13 hours ago, friendofthai said:

CPTPP ? What is it? Wikipedia says that "is a trade agreement" and "It evolved from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which never entered into force due to the withdrawal of the United States."

So there are several countries that want to do what the US don't like. And suddenly we see the protests of an organization funded by "Turner Foundation", "Rockefeller Brothers Fund" and "Rockefeller Family Fund".


What a surprise!

Actually, American opposition to Greenpeace was that it didn't protect American interests enough which is just the opposite of Greenpeace's stance. As for who funds Greenpeace, these organizations provide only a small part of its funding and they do so in opposition to the policies of the United States, particularly Big Pharma and Big Agriculture, not in support of it. Trust you to invoke the bogeymen of the extreme right.

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Strange campaign demand considering none of the countries except Vietnam grow the same agriculture crops. UK is also applying for CPTPP inclusion with concerns from agriculture sectors that they can't compete with the likes of Australia and Chile. The large combined economies representing almost 14% of global GDP at about US14T will be much to tempting for small exporting nation like Thailand. 

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10 minutes ago, Eric Loh said:

Strange campaign demand considering none of the countries except Vietnam grow the same agriculture crops. UK is also applying for CPTPP inclusion with concerns from agriculture sectors that they can't compete with the likes of Australia and Chile. The large combined economies representing almost 14% of global GDP at about US14T will be much to tempting for small exporting nation like Thailand. 

In agriculture the big money is in grains and oilseeds. Only Vietnam grow grains and oilseeds that would compete with Thailand's?

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8 minutes ago, placeholder said:

In agriculture the big money is in grains and oilseeds. Only Vietnam grow grains and oilseeds that would compete with Thailand's?

Referring to rice, cassava and possibly sugar cane. Rice topmost is Thailand sacred cow. Current rice import tariffs provide some protection and will be an issue if free trade under CPTPP is implemented. 

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British farmers were complaining about "unfair" treatment proposed in bilateral trade agreement between UK and OZ.  (Apparently Bojo has negotiated something that satisfies both sides.)

Canadian dairy industry (based mainly in Quebec, where the federal government gets a large part of its vote) are fiercely protectionist.

Not to mention the French farmers who hold the EU to ransom.....

 

 

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