US Indymedia Global Indymedia Publish About us
Printed from Boston IMC :
IVAW Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier
Brad Presente

Other Local News

Spare Change News
Open Media Boston
Somerville Voices
Cradle of Liberty
The Sword and Shield

Local Radio Shows

WMBR 88.1 FM
What's Left
WEDS at 8:00 pm
Local Edition
FRI (alt) at 5:30 pm

WMFO 91.5 FM
Socialist Alternative
SUN 11:00 am

WZBC 90.3 FM
Sounds of Dissent
SAT at 11:00 am
Truth and Justice Radio
SUN at 6:00 am

Create account Log in
Comment on this article | Email this article | Printer-friendly version
Interview :: International
An interview with APEC chief Alan Bollard on TPP, future trade order in Asia-Pacific
04 Feb 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is down to its final haggling. Last week, negotiators from 12 countries met in New York to resolve the remaining issues. Alan Bollard, APEC Secretariat Executive Director, joined the Elite Talk show from People's Daily not long ago. TPP and the future trade order in the Asia-Pacific region is among the topics he discussed during the show.
Below is the APEC chief's talk with Elite Talk host Zhenyu Li on TPP, FTAAP and future trade order in the Asia-Pacific.

Zhenyu Li: The FTAAP has been talked about for many years, but has not progressed as fast as some regional FTAs, such as the US-led TPP and the ASEAN-led RCEP. So, based on your inside knowledge and expertise, the proposed FTAAP, TPP and RCEP, which one do you think will be the future?

Bollard: Well, I think that depends on how far you look. I know that China is doing a lot of work, looking at the FTAAP. FTAAP has been cited as a possibility for some years, but really at the moment it’s only a vision, and we want to work out what it might actually mean. We know that it’s a long-term objective. It won’t suddenly reach FTAAP. But we do see that as being the big goal out into the future.

China this year would like to bring FTAAP to our attention, and probably agree to work on a study that will help us understand what it means; when we might achieve it; how we might achieve it; and what paths would be followed to get there; could this be the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), or a different stepping stone. It’s still a work in progress.

Zhenyu Li: But for the benefits of the entire Asia-Pacific region, in your opinion, which trade pact should the 21 APEC economies really engage in, regardless of any political factors?

Bollard: Well, they have all seen it. They said in the past that we are moving towards FTAAP. That’s already been said. But we don’t know enough about what that means yet, and China wants to clarify all that. At the moment, the only negotiations are RCEP and TPP. Indeed, we cannot be sure about what those mean, because it’s still too early to know what’s in the material. Maybe TPP will be concluded this year, but it’s still not secure.

Zhenyu Li: Just as you said, the FTAAP is certainly still a vision, but do you think it’s feasible?

Bollard: Yes, but it will take some time, and it will take a lot of commitment from leaders for us to get there. So, I think it is achievable, but it will be somewhere in the future. What is quite possible is that TPP and RCEP will both need to be concluded first.
See also:

This work is in the public domain
Add a quick comment
Your name Your email


Text Format
Anti-spam Enter the following number into the box:
To add more detailed comments, or to upload files, see the full comment form.