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TPP, R.I.P.?

Trump’s Promise to Withdraw From the Agreement Is a Terrible Mistake

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his first day in office. That would be an especially excessive move, given that the TPP can have no effect, anyway, without the president’s signature affixed to legislation implementing the deal. A wiser approach would be for Mr. Trump to put the TPP on the back burner and keep open the option to reconsider it in the future, when the deal’s geostrategic imperative becomes more apparent. THE UNITED STATES IN THE ASIAN CENTURY Completed in 2015 after six years of rigorous negotiations, the TPP…

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