...The TPP will, accordingly, bring the United States and Japan closer in a region perennially troubled by their common rival, China. It will also bind America closer to Vietnam, which is more concerning given that country’s authoritarian one-party politics. The deal does not guarantee more human rights in Vietnam. A side agreement does, however, include apparently firm requirements that Vietnam legalize independent trade unions, on pain of postponed U.S. tariff reductions. Pre-TPP, Vietnamese workers could not hope to leverage even that modest level of international protection. With constant, forthright U.S. pressure, this crack in Vietnam’s wall against dissent could widen.
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