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A lot has happened in trade matters since the United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) in 2019. The TPP entered into force in December 2018 without the United States but including Mexico and Canada. It was then rebranded as the Comprehensive and Progressive Transpacific Partnership (CPTPP). Subsequently, the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, and Costa Rica all applied for CPTPP membership, while 15 Asian countries, including China, launched a separate Regional and Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)in 2020.

Despite the several crises that North America and other regions have endured - supply chains congestion, the deep economic crisis sparked by Covid-19, and the increase geopolitical tensions to name a few – trade and economic ties remain at the top of the agenda when considering what North America’s relationship with Asia-Pacific should be.

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Juan Carlos Baker

Juan Carlos Baker

CEO and founding partner, Ansley International Consultants
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