Naturally, Trump has framed his decision as a patriotic duty. Yet the withdrawal will do next to nothing to restore American jobs and communities.
As PM Bill English flies off to Japan with his business delegation today, his discussions with Shinzo Abe will focus on how to keep the TPP trade pact alive, now that the US has bailed.
So we now we know how much it costs to buy New Zealand citizenship.
John Key’s rationale for refusing to throw the state’s resources behind reducing child poverty is the lamest excuse since “The dog ate my homework.”
New Zealand is currently chairing the 15 person Security Council for the last time during our two year term on the Council.
So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer – the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese – each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower.