The Prime Minister of Singapore on Implications of Rejecting TPP

I fear that Congress is headed towards a historic blunder – rejecting the centerpiece of American policy in Asia negotiated over many years by President Obama. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, does an excellent job of describing what is at stake from a diplomatic perspective.

TPP is imperfect. I don’t like some of its provisions pertaining to public health. But rejecting it at this point, with so little apparent thought for the consequences, is an unforced error that calls into question our diplomatic credibility and competence. We once again present ourselves to the world as politically dysfunctional.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.