Summary of The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Explained


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The TPP lays bare the battle lines for the global economy.


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Modern trade deals have become a flashpoint for hashing out the rules of the global economy. The most recent conflict centers on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive agreement concluded among 12 countries in 2015. Senior Vox correspondent Timothy B. Lee outlines the central tenants of the intricate deal and explains why it has become such a bone of contention. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this nuts-and-bolts, Q&A–formatted article to all those interested in international politics and the economy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the Trans-Pacific Partnership entails and
  • What provisions make it contentious.


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement among 12 nations bordering the Pacific Ocean, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and Chile. The TPP would usher in new tariff reductions on specific products...
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Timothy B. Lee is a senior correspondent for Vox, covering economics, technology and personal finance.

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