Next week Obama will meet the general secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party at the White House.
It is said Obama and Nguyen Phu Trong will discuss a number of issues, most importantly the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) globalist trade accord.
Vietnam plays an important role in the emerging globalist economy. Its authoritarian government works closely with transnational corporations to keep labor costs low — even lower than China.
“Seventeen year old women are forced to work 9 to 10 hours a day, even days a week, earning as little as six cents an hour in the Keyhinger factory in Vietnam,” write Mark Alfino, John S. Caputo and Robin Wynyard (McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture). “Located in Da Nang City, Vietnam, the Keyhinge Toys Co Factory employs approximately 1,000 people, 90 percent of whom are young women 17 to 20 years old. Overtime is mandatory… Wage rates average between six cents and eight cents an hour — well below subsistence levels.”
Additionally, in Ho Chi Minh City children are forced to work long hours in garment factories, often without wages, according to the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.
The Workers Rights Consortium discovered child slave labor is tolerated by the government of Vietnam and the widespread abuse was mentioned in the July 23, 2013 Federal Register, indicating that the Obama administration and the government are well aware of the situation.
“U.S. workers should not be forced to compete against child slaves in garment factories. The last thing American working families need is another trade deal that’s unfair to American workers,” the Teamster Nation blog posted in 2013 at the TPP was being negotiated.
As noted by Forbes, the TPP is designed to allow transnational corporations to take advantage of the sort of working conditions in authoritarian communist countries like Vietnam and China.
Trade ministers argue that globalist trade deals like the TPP “commit signatory countries to enhancing labor, environmental, and social regulations. But actually, the reason businesses tend to relish free-trade agreements, and unions loathe them, is precisely that trade liberalization allows multinational brands to exploit the absence of those labor protections in poorer countries” in addition to making huge profits on dismal wages and child slave labor, according to Michelle Chen.
Obama will send an additional positive message to Vietnam when he visits the country this fall during a trip to Asia.
“Officials from the two countries are planning a number of landmark initiatives to commemorate (the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic ties),” write Murray Hiebert and Phuong Nguyen for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “By visiting Vietnam in November, when he will be in the region to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ summit in the Philippines and the East Asia Summit in Malaysia, Obama can lock in important foreign policy gains and help expand the scope of the comprehensive partnership he announced with his Vietnamese counterpart in 2013.”
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