Dean Baker argued that Article 18.78, which requires countries to ensure that they should protect trade secrets and criminally prosecute offenders, could be used to enforce non-competition agreements.  Baker points out that California`s success is due in part to the state`s failure to authorize the application of non-compete agreements, which has allowed technology workers to give up their jobs and work for another company.  South Korea did not participate in the 2006 agreement, but expressed interest in joining the TPP and was invited by the United States to the TPP negotiations after the successful conclusion of its free trade agreement between the United States of America and the Republic of Korea in December 2010.  South Korea already had bilateral trade agreements with some TPP members, but areas such as vehicle construction and agriculture still needed to be agreed, making multilateral negotiations on the TPP a little more complicated.  South Korea could join the TPP as part of a second round of expansion of the trade agreement.  New Zealand ratified the TPP on 11 May 2017.  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attempt to renegotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Vietnam in time so that the government can ban foreign speculators from buying existing New Zealand homes. She said, “We believe it will be possible to reconcile our desire to ensure that we provide affordable housing by easing demand and prohibiting foreign speculators from buying existing homes while meeting our business objectives.”  The agreement would have reduced tariffs and other trade barriers between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. In the United States, the agreement is seen in the broader context of the Obama administration`s military and diplomatic “pivot” to East Asia, described by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a 2012 Op-Ed in Foreign Policy.
Proponents of the agreement argue that trade agreements open up new markets for domestic industry. Supporters argue that the TPP and other trade agreements create new jobs and contribute to economic growth. They also argue that opposition to the agreements has a partisan basis. The content of the TPP goes far beyond the standards developed by the World Trade Organization. The TPP contains a negative list of all sectors covered for trade liberalization, with the exception of the clearly mentioned sectors. The TPP provides for a new regime for e-commerce, the treatment of foreign investors, broader protection of intellectual property, labour laws and a neutrality agreement with state-owned enterprises.  The original agreement was ratified by Japan and New Zealand. According to a report by the Office of the Chief Economist at Global Affairs Canada, ratification of the TPP would increase Canada`s GDP by $4.3 billion by 2040.   This situation is mainly due to preferential access to markets in the Asia-Pacific region.   According to the report, ratification by the other signatories to the TPP, but Canada`s failure to ratify the agreement, would lead Canada to face GDP losses estimated at $5.3 billion by 2040.   swung from contempt to distrust to a cautious hug… The conclusion of a TPP agreement in early October sparked a heated debate in Beijing, with the weight of the elite appearing to be collapsing in the direction of possible membership; Jin Liqun, head of the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), announced his support shortly after the announcement of the TPP agreement in Washington.
 The Trans-Pacific Partnership was a free trade agreement between the United States and eleven other countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.