I love how the announcement of the #TPP deal conclusion was timed to 11pm in Australia and 5am in San Francisco— Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf) 5 октября 2015
According to The Politico, the agreement followed nine days of negotiation, almost stalling due to discrepancies in member-country approaches to the length of copyright protections for new medicine.
The deal is expected to be voted on in the US Congress early next year.
The TPP has been negotiated in unusual secrecy between the United States and 11 Asian and Pacific Rim nations. The controversial trade pact is expected to cover about 40 percent of the global economy. Uncertain implications for workers' rights, employment and the environment have drawn heavy criticism from labor unions and watchdogs.