McCain Warns Trump: US Exit From TPP Puts China in Asia’s Economic Driver Seat

© REUTERS / Henry RomeroUS Senator John McCain attends a news conference at the Benjamin Franklin Library in Mexico City, Mexico December 20, 2016.
US Senator John McCain attends a news conference at the Benjamin Franklin Library in Mexico City, Mexico December 20, 2016. - Sputnik International
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President Donald Trump’s order to withdraw the United States from the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal will eventually cede US economic dominance in the Asia-Pacific Region, US Senator John McCain warned on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — When issuing an executive order withdrawing the United States from the TPP, Trump cited concerns that poorly negotiated multilateral trade deals often give US companies incentives to move factories overseas in search of lower labor costs and lower taxes.

"My concern is that we consign the Asia-Pacific region to China," McCain told CBS. "They have now a very significant economic role, where 60 percent of the world's economy is in the Asia-Pacific region, and we are stepping back."

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'Troubling Signal': McCain Slams Trump's Decision to Withdraw From TPP
Instead, Trump explained, the United States would attempt to negotiate bilateral deals with 11 other TPP nations with the goal of protecting American jobs.

McCain elaborated on fears expressed by several Republicans that Trump’s shift in US trade policy will deny US workers the so-called "level playing field" that the TPP would have achieved — a framework in which American workers can compete with any nation.

Both Trump and Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton had vowed to reject the TPP, a deal that former US President Barack Obama supported.

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