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“America First” is fast becoming “America Alone” on the international economic front. Trump dumped the Trans Pacific Partnership on Jan. 23, 2017, but the other 11 countries have remained in the cartel, eliminating several provisions favorable to the U.S. China continues to consolidate dominance in Asia, adding to its list of trading partners. In 2018, negotiators for South Korea, Japan and China met several times, as well.

Angela Merkel, representing the EU, met with Prime Minister Abe of Japan on Feb. 4, sealing an agreement to help soften the impact of Brexit on the rest of Europe. With the United Kingdom opting for isolation, will German become the dominant language in Europe?

Putin has made two trips to North Korea. And of course, Kim Jung Un has traveled to Beijing at least four times, not counting his train trip, through China, to Hanoi this week to meet with Trump.

And South America? As our agricultural sector struggles under Trump tariffs and competition, their products rise. Natural resources also figure prominently.

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Global Capitalism is alive and well and goes on without America. We’re fast becoming a second-rate country. Trump, please give up your 1950s economic policies. We’re in a new millennium.

Sharie Pyke

Billings

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