Why Is The TPP The Most Important Decision of This Decade?
The Trans Pacific Partnership would be the largest single free trade deal ever made if all nations approve it. The significance is not only about trade however, in fact, trade is only part of what makes the TPP important.
The TPP will involve the United States in close relationships with 11 other nations. This will strengthen our influence in the region, show our commitment to our allies, and in return build strong economic connections between our nations.
By pulling out of the TPP the United States will leave a huge void. That void will be happily filled by China and Russia (who are NOT in the TPP) who are just waiting to expand their own influence and control in the region and to do so at the expense of the United States makes it even sweeter for them.
We know influence once lost could take 100 years to recover. Leaving TPP essentially just ‘hands over’ all our work and progress in the region since the end of WWII. Hands it over for nothing.
Leaving the TPP tells our allies the United States cannot be counted on to maintain consistent policies making our allies unsure if they can depend on the United States in any agreement.
We fear China and Russia expanding influence and our allies in the Pacific Rim want to get more sticky with the United States. But by walking away we leave these allies alone, not only is this bad for them and the region it is bad for us and for history.
Trade deals are not only about jobs. They are also about influence and national security.
We cannot promise to have influence in all nations if we do this deal. But we can promise we will have no influence if we are not even in the room when these discussions take place.