Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Vietnam is doing just fine without the TPP. There is nothing new or exciting about a relationship between Vietnam and the USA, it happened with Japan post WWII.

May 23, 2016
By John Kerry, John McCain and Bob Kerry

...This wider agenda (click here) reflects changes to the relationship that are well underway. Twenty years ago, there were fewer than 60,000 American visitors annually to Vietnam. Today, there are nearly half a million. Twenty years ago, our bilateral trade in goods with Vietnam was only $450 million. Today, it is 100 times that. Twenty years ago, there were fewer than 1,000 Vietnamese students in the United States. Today, there are nearly 19,000.

Nearly half a century ago, when we were serving in Vietnam, we would never have imagined that our country would one day work with the government in Hanoi to help save the Mekong River Delta by helping create an initiative to manage its ecosystem and cope with the effects of climate change. We could never have imagined that our two countries would be partners in a landmark trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is intended to raise labor and environmental standards while expanding prosperity in our country and all along the Pacific Rim.

Those jobs belong to Americans. It is just that time during a political year in the USA those in the administration and Congress have to bow to Wall Street for those big money donors.

It would have been even harder to imagine that the United States and Vietnam would be cooperating on security issues. And yet the United States has helped establish a new training center for People’s Army of Vietnam on the outskirts of Hanoi, where young Vietnamese soldiers will prepare for service in United Nations-sponsored peacekeeping missions....

I can imagine plenty, like holding those that put the USA in southeast Asia because of the Domino theory should be held accountable! The same goes for Iraq.

The 58,220 dead Americans from the Vietnam War could even reach higher today because of those still missing.

From China Daily:

May 24, 2016

US President Barack Obama (R) and his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang review the guard of honour during welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam May 23, 2016.

Still yet another agreement to cloud the path of any American entity from assaulting the TPP. It has to be stopped before it gets started.

Hanoi - Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (click here) and visiting US President Barack Obama on Monday adopted a joint statement on advancing bilateral comprehensive partnership.
During talks held after welcoming ceremony, Quang affirmed that Vietnam attaches great importance and desires for stable, extensive and effective development of Vietnam-US relations, reported Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA.
Obama, for his part, said he will urge the US congress to adopt the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as well as pledge to support Vietnam through robust technical assistance and capacity-building programs to effectively implement and meet the high standards of the TPP....

The current GDP per capita for Vietnam is $1910.51 and is comparable to other countries in the region, including the Philippines with a per capita GDP of $2,765.08 annually. The Philippines has had a long standing relationship with the USA, the people never improved their quality of life. Wall Street goes into countries to make lots and lots of money. Wall Street is not interested in sharing and the people of these countries never see improvement of quality of life.

The people of Vietnam will never benefit from the TPP!

Hanoi and other cities, towns and villages can become sister cities with a city, town or village in the USA. In that way the American people can be sure the quality of life is improved for the Vietnamese people in the trading parameters of local economies. Local economies can work no matter the country.

Pick a country, find a city and come to a real agreement to establish trade relationship that benefit and are benevolent to both people.