Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
WikiLeaks recently released 17 secret documents which indicated that the BRICS
countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are being excluded from the negotiations for the global Trade in Services Agreement where currently 24 patries including the US, EU, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel are involved in, reports Duowei News, a media outlet operated by overseas Chinese.
The Trade in Services Agreement aims to remove “barriers” to trade in services. It looks to ensure that services such as banking, health care and transport are deregulated and opened up to private companies. Once privatised, they would not be allowed to be nationalised again. BRICS countries, however, were not invited to participate in those negotiations, Duowei News said in the report. [FULL STORY]