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Jane is a twenty-something Bostonian who is passionate about social justice, art, and anything else that strikes her fancy. She likes long walks by the beach (really!), Chinese takeout, and learning new things.

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If Trump Wants to Defeat China, He Needs Support the TPP

An image of a globe with the words "Trans-Pacific Partnership" written across it.

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What do Ford Motor Company, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders all have in common? They all think the Trans-Pacific Partnership (AKA TPP) is a total disaster. But they couldn’t be more wrong and here’s why.

For one, it’s in our best interest to establish and maintain trade partnerships in Asia. After all, Asia is one of the fastest growing economic regions in the world. The TPP is not only a great way for the U.S. to tap into this gold mine, but is also a great way to create stronger allies.

One of our biggest allies, Japan, is already part of the TPP. Exiting the TPP could sever some serious ties there and elsewhere. In total, there are twelve nations participating in the partnership, including: the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

You’ll notice that one big name is missing from that list: China. China was purposefully left out of the TPP and that’s because the deal was established as a way to make trade more affordable for smaller countries. But there’s another reason China was left out of the agreement.

The TPP was actually a covert way for the U.S. to set the rules for world trade, thus maintaining control of the global economy. If we exit the TPP, that leaves a huge opportunity for China, the world’s second largest economy, to step in and take control.

While president-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed China for everything from stealing American jobs to flooding the U.S. market with cheap steel, what he doesn’t realize is that China benefits if the U.S. exits the TPP. His isolationist strategy isn’t going to work; we need other countries if we are to maintain being the world’s largest economy.

One would think that as a businessman he would understand this concept, but it’s becoming more and more clear that his lack of political experience is failing him.

The Trump Presidency is Already Hurting the Global Economy

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Before Trump had even won the presidency, markets around the world fell. The tumble isn’t a complete crisis, but it is a bad sign for the coming 4+ years. It goes to show that around the world, foreigners have been taking this election a lot more seriously than Americans.

While many of us were joking about Trump and saying that he could never win, the rest of the world watched as the most powerful country on the planet elected a failed businessmen with no political experience. It was an embarrassment, and because of it, we’ve become the laughing stock of the global economy.

Americans can expect the fallout of this election to hit their wallets soon. Among his many policies, Trump has come out against NAFTA and TPP and has suggested taxing imports, which is going to make all those cheap Chinese products more expensive. Consumers aren’t going to like that.

He and the Republican-controlled legislation are probably going to do everything they can to continue destroying the working class. And let’s not forget that Trump has to be in court for fraud and for rape before he even takes office.

The fact of the matter is, Trump rode into office by convincing a lot of people that things have been terrible under President Obama. He was elected under the false pretense that Obama sent our jobs overseas and is responsible for high unemployment rates.

But in the harsh light of day, it’s time to admit that no, things haven’t been bad under the Obama administration. In fact, the economy has been growing steadily. Remember: it was Republicans who got us into massive debt to begin with. Conservatives are worse for the economy, and now we get to look forward to a Republican-controlled government that has no idea what it’s doing.