In a development barely noticed across much of the rest of the world, 15 Asia-Pacific countries have quietly formed the planet’s largest trading bloc covering almost a third of the global economy. Known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the agreement represents a significant step towards the creation of an Asia-Pacific political bloc modeled on the Brussels EU. Designed in the interests of the Pharma Cartel and other multinational stakeholders, the deal threatens the imposition of restrictive CODEX-derived vitamin laws on more than 2 billion people.
The deal that brought the bloc together is centered around a so-called ‘free trade’ agreement involving the 10 member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), plus Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea. Based on the Brussels EU model, the RCEP plans were initially outlined by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008. The groundwork for the project was subsequently laid at an East Asia summit meeting in 2009. Negotiations to develop the bloc have been ongoing ever since, with ASEAN being a key driver of the discussions.
Mirroring the Brussels EU blueprint ASEAN has increasingly been taking on elements of statehood in recent years, including an official flag and anthem. The Brussels EU maintains a close relationship with ASEAN, which it provides with finance and other assistance. Through its influence over the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CODEX), a United Nations-related organization, the Brussels EU is seeking to ensure that food and vitamin laws in the Asia-Pacific region are brought into line with those in Europe.
The Brussels EU is currently attempting to set maximum levels for vitamins and minerals contained in supplements in Europe. Should it succeed in these efforts it will quickly move to export them worldwide through CODEX, which it effectively now controls. Tellingly, not only does the RECP agreement specifically refer to CODEX, its rules govern both food and vitamin products.
Through a subtle combination of political, economic, and even military pressure, the Brussels EU model is increasingly being exported worldwide. The creation of so called ‘free trade’ agreements plays a key role in this expansion. Negotiated in clandestine away from public scrutiny, these deals are not intended to benefit ordinary citizens. Instead, their primary purpose is to increase the profits of multinational corporations. This explains why they are negotiated in secret.
A key aspect of ‘free trade’ agreements is their so-called ‘harmonization’ of trade standards. A highly deceptive term, the supposed need for harmonization is being used to justify the enforcing of draconian restrictions on vitamin-based therapies. The term ‘free trade’ is thus an Orwellian phrase which means the exact opposite of what you might think.
Membership of ‘free trade’ blocs puts pressure on countries to harmonize regulations and reduce their national sovereignty. In the case of food and vitamin legislation, this essentially means basing it on the global standards and guidelines set by CODEX. As CODEX texts are used by the World Trade Organization in its adjudication of international trade disputes, this effectively gives them legal status in the global trade system and makes them part of international law.
Containing a total of 510 pages and 20 chapters, the text of the RCEP agreement was not made public until after it was signed. This tells us that the leaders of the countries involved were clearly nervous about their citizens’ reactions to it. To come into effect, the deal has to be ratified by the parliaments of at least six ASEAN countries and three non-ASEAN ones. The ratification process could potentially take up to two years to complete. This gives natural health advocates in Asia-Pacific countries a valuable window of opportunity to oppose the deal. The need for free access to natural health to become a human right has just got a little more urgent.