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Turbulent Thailand

Thai TPP ambition loses steam as COVID-19 stokes wrath of farmers

Power struggles within coalition government also hampering deal progress

Farmers oppose Thailand's joining of the TPP over worries that costs to buy seeds would increase for them.    © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's proposed participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership stands on a precipice.

The government has been reluctant to make an official decision to join the trade group as a movement against it is growing in the country. Opponents are expressing concerns over its potential negative impact on the agriculture and pharmaceutical sectors. Power struggles within the administration are also adding uncertainty.

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