TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership is a pact between 12 countries that border the Pacific Ocean. It was signed in February 2016, taking about 7 years to have all the participants come to proper terms. Originally, the involved countries include USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, Mexico, Chile, and Peru.
It was one of the ambitious projects of former US President Barack Obama that promised to create a one-single market for the involved parties, bolstering their trades and economies. Among many things, the partnership has effective policies for environmental protection, regulatory coherence, and labors’ right.
However, in the election campaign of Now-President Donald Trump, he promised to pull out from TPP. He cited that the terms and policies of this pact is unfavorable for USA, adding that due to this thousands of American jobs will be lost. And he did keep his words, eventually pulling out the plug. Officially, USA is out from this EU-like bloc now.
Now indeed, the remaining of the 11 countries can continue with the pact. However, without the involvement of USA, the forward will be much smaller in every aspect. Even Japan has admitted it! Meaning, TPP won’t really make much of the sense with USA out of it.
Remember, collectively, these 12 original partners make up for 40 percent of world’s total economic output.
This is why there’s so much of fuss regarding TPP now. If all the parties collectively work on the outlined terms, it wouldn’t only have helped them but also to other countries. For example, the bloc would have easily countered the regional expansion plans of China, which would have politically and economically helped India.
So yes, it’s quite a setback for everyone that President Trump has thoughtlessly and biasedly pulled USA out of TPP.