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U.S. would send strongest trade message to China by rejoining TPP

Shipping containers at Vietnamese port
Shipping containers at Chua Ve port in Hai Phong, Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump has instructed his economic advisors to consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but economics is only part of the deal’s appeal. The TPP, now known as the CPTPP, was also crafted to advance U.S. foreign policy interests.

Why it matters: Rejoining would reaffirm America’s commitment to Asia, where China has become increasingly assertive. That’s why Japan is already welcoming the possibility with open arms.