The John Batchelor Show

VIDEO: TPP, China and Idaho

August 06, 2016

Wednesday   3 August 2016 / Hour 1, Block A: Steve Yates, chairman of the Idaho Republican Party, CEO of D.C. International Advisory, and former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, in re:  The TPP: either the US writes the trade rules for Asia or the Chinese Communist Party does.  Better that we do. US has no barriers to incoming goods whereas China has lots of barriers to US goods.  TPP doesn’t play well in Idaho or between the coasts. The TransPacific Partnership has ben demonized largely because of US failure to enforce trade regs – the problem lies with Administrations’s not enforce the deal.  If you believe no one will enforce a deal and the other guy will always have the advantage, no need to support it.  With or without the TPP, manufacturers will be retained in the cheapest country.  Broad-based mistrust in the US; globalization seen as contributing to upheaval.  Singaporean PM visited Washington: US paying more attention to East Asia while China tries to re-write rules in a provocative, belligerent manner.