Farewell Free Trade? The Trump Administration's Approach To Asia

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The United States’ decision to back out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in January 2017 drastically altered the prospects for active U.S. economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Cooperation (RCEP), the other major trade negotiation in the region, is facing serious challenges. The result is that many countries in the region are pursuing bilateral trade agreements which do not deliver the same magnitude of benefits.

In 2016, the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) established an Independent Commission on Trade Policy, chaired by ASPI Vice President and former Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler, to examine the regional trade landscape and offer practical recommendations for policy makers to chart a path forward for trade and economic integration in the region.

Wendy Cutler and Alan Crain will discuss how the U.S. can continue meaningful economic engagement with its partners in the Asia-Pacific. How will the Trump administration’s trade policy in the region evolve? Will Asian economies gravitate towards RCEP and/or pursue the implementation of the TPP without the United States? Are bilateral trade agreements adequate to advance growth and prosperity in the region, or do high-standard regional agreements, such as TPP and RCEP, represent the best path forward? Join Asia Society for a program exploring these critical questions.


6:00 pm | Reception
7:00 pm | Program
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By: Asia Society Texas Center

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