The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit, held earlier this month in Manila, Philippines, reaffirmed its member-states' commitment to the proposed Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) through the implementation of regional "trade" schemes, specifically naming the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Imagine a classroom full of children standing at attention beside their desks. With hands over their hearts, they begin the Pledge of Allegiance. However, it is not the Stars and Stripes prominently displayed. Hanging before the attentive children is a blue flag — that of the United Nations.