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A woman holds a sign reading "For a transparent country, without secrets" during a demonstration against TPP, Santiago, Chile, Feb. 4, 2016 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).

Chile’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Debate Centers on Inequality Concerns

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the potential impact on members’ economies.

Last month, following large protests against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Santiago, Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz defended the 12-country trade pact, calling it a politically and economically sound route for Chile. In an email interview, Roland Benedikter, a senior research scholar at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs and author of “Chile in Transition: Prospects and Challenges of Latin America’s Forerunner of Development,” discussed the benefits and drawbacks of Chile’s membership in the TPP. ...

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