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Asia-sized hole in Biden's trade agenda

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Stevicus, Jun 23, 2021.

  1. Stevicus

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    The Asia-sized hole in Biden's trade agenda (msn.com)

    The article indicates that he may not visit the continent until late next year.

    The upcoming APEC conference in November will be virtual, so Biden will not be meeting any of the other leaders in person.

    The article suggests that the Biden Administration doesn't have much of a plan for U.S. relations with the countries in the region, which could be detrimental as China appears to be taking a more active role.

    Many leaders in Congress believed Trump made a mistake when he pulled the US out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, but apparently, Biden has no plans to rejoin that body.

    Now, they've renamed it to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.


     
  2. Altfish

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    I stand to be corrected but isn't COVID the main reason for the lack of travel for ALL leaders.
    At the recent G7 in the UK there has been a spike in COVID cases put down to the conference.
     
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  3. Shadow Wolf

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    Too bad they don't realize they themselves need to do their part to curb climate change and do more digital meetings. They don't have an excuse now. They want us using electric cars, they need to cut out private jets and unnecessary travel.
    But Biden isn't leading the charge for that.
     
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    He does promote railways which is more than our muppet does.
     
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    True, but especially now world leaders have no excuse. Private jets and unnecessary jet travel are now contributing more to global warming than personal commuter cars. We're at a point where it should be mostly digital. Even after the pandemic is 100% over, even if covid-19 were to entirely vanish, I would still expect our politicians to not be physically present in many countries for such discussions. Traditional norms be damned.
    And we really need to be looking into the future for means to provide, not relying on dated models of production and trade. Technology will continue to shred those models and agreements as production becomes more focused and purposeful rather than producing massive quantities knowing many won't get purchased or used.
    And, of course, these agreements rely on transporting large amounts of goods, generally across great distances. This too is something we must reexamine and adjust to accommodate a future world where we have less of this.
    But it's going to be a hard path to take, because there will be offended parties over a reluctance to travel when digital meetings will suffice, and probably some economic decline when production is more deliberate and less indiscriminate (and thus far less of it). It is going to be necessary for someone to do, however. Someone is going to have to take that first step, with the pandemic providing the best excuse to head in that direction we're likely to ever see, as right now is that "better time" to do it.
    Unfortunately, Biden is showing himself a bit daft and missing some large opportunities and taking the occasional moment to remind us that while he may be a modern Democrat, he's still quite old school conservative.
     
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    Thank God for Biden not visiting the Asian continent.
    Keep him away from it all, he will definately screw that up too.
     
  7. Twilight Hue

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    None of Biden's administration has any plan to do anything aside from bragging on how they can adequately take care of things.

    As you can see, a whirl of proactivity abounds.
     
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  8. Stevicus

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    Well, we'll see. We're still, more or less, in Biden's "honeymoon phase," which might last a little longer than usual due to the intensity of dislike for his predecessor. But we'll see where things stand this time next year, as the mid-term elections will be a report card.

    Right now, the Democrats have the White House and a majority in both houses of Congress (although they're just hanging by a thread in the Senate). If they still can't take care of things now, they can't very easily blame it on Republicans.
     
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