The Trans-Pacific Partnership is Dead. Now What?

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

U.S. exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the implications held therein for United States involvement in the Asia-Pacific region and Asia policy under the Trump administration indicate an abdication of U.S. hegemony in the region, allowing China further expansion of influence through the rival trade pact, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The qualifiers for TPP abandonment under the Trump Administration were insufficient, deserting decades of strategy and national interest. Moving forward, it is necessary the U.S. take care to uphold presence and authority in the region as well as form stronger bilateral trade relations with allies and growing powers in the Asia-Pacific to secure regional stability and peace. Special interest should be paid to strong allies that will continue forward with RCEP, namely Australia, Japan and New Zealand who will inevitably develop closer trade relations with China.