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US return to Pacific trade deal makes more sense than ever

Rejoining CPTPP would provide an important boost to US strategy on China

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Trump shows the executive order withdrawing from the TPP in January 2017: the Trump administration's go it alone approach had limited success in reining in China's unfair trade practices.   © Getty Images

Wendy Cutler is vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute. She is a former acting deputy U.S. Trade Representative, where she had responsibility for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

In mid-September, Liz Truss, the International Trade Secretary for the United Kingdom, met with the 11 members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP, to discuss potential British accession.

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