Last year Donald Trump pulled the US out of a Pacific trade agreement, calling it a terrible deal. But now the other countries have signed it anyway, creating the world's biggest free trade zone.
The beauty of Brexit, according to those in favor, is that the UK will be able to strike its own trade deals without EU "interference." But 65 percent of UK trade is linked to EU trade, and new deals are deeply complex.
Japan and China are economic, political and military rivals vying for influence in the Asia Pacific. But Donald Trump's contentious policies are forcing them to put their rivalry aside and cooperate.
Beijing has been making big steps recently toward solidifying a sphere of influence in the Asia-Pacific. Defending these interests will require a buildup of Chinese naval power that could heighten conflict with the US.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed a "special strategic and global partnership" with Japan, the second-largest economy in Asia. Japan is aiming to expand free trade relations amid US' protectionist policies.
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