Extract from “(28/08/2015) TPP politics? US upgrade of Malaysia’s human trafficking score draws criticism”

When Congress approved President Obama’s so-called “fast-track” authority to expedite the approval process for the TPP, allowing Congress to vote on the pact but preventing lawmakers from offering amendments, it barred the US from entering into trade agreements with nations on Tier 3 of the State Department’s human trafficking list. Of the 11 countries involved in TPP negotiations, Malaysia was the only one to be found on Tier 3.

Now that the country has been promoted to Tier 2, however, a significant barrier to the TPP has been removed.

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