US Defense Secretary: TTP is all about US interests

TTP should be ratified because of its economic and strategic benefits, and because we must recognize what the alternative to TPP really is: a regional economy with standards that don’t serve American interests, and one that’s carved up by lop-sided, coercively negotiated, lower-standard deals. That’s why I’ve said that TPP is as strategically important to the rebalance as an aircraft carrier, and I strongly urge Congress to approve TPP this year.

Militarily, the Department of Defense is operationalizing the next phase of the rebalance, and cementing it for the long term.

Remarks on “America’s Growing Security Network in the Asia-Pacific” (Council on Foreign Relations)