After years of negotiations, officials announced Monday that the United states and 11 other countries have agreed on a the largest trade accord in history, a partnership affecting 40 percent of the world's economy. But details of the deal have been kept almost exclusively under wraps and the Twitter reactions to the Trans-Pacific Partnership show the public's unhappiness over the secretive nature of negotiations.
Set to challenge Beijing's growing economic influence in the Pacific, the U.S. and its 11 trade partners aim to set the region's commerce standards by potentially altering whole industries and affecting everything from the cost of cheese to cancer treatments. The 11 other countries involved are Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
The full 30 chapters of the deal likely won't be available until a month from the announcement, but many are already expressing skepticism. Though the details of the deal remain undisclosed, a leaked draft from earlier this year indicated that among other things, the TPP could increase the price of medicine. Many also say it curbs freedom of speech online and favors big corporations.
But the biggest issue many seem to have with the sweeping trade deal is that it was done behind closed doors, yet leaders involved are touting it as good for the economy.
Here are some of the things people are saying about it:
But the TPP isn't yet a done deal. It still has to go through lawmakers in the respective countries involved, including the U.S. Congress.
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