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Asia Can Make TPP Work Without the U.S.

The region still has much to gain from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The view from Washington.

The view from Washington.

Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

Donald Trump's grand tour of Asia will attract a lot of attention this week, but in one respect the fuss will be misleading. The president will be no more than a bystander when the region's leaders make a very big decision -- whether to go ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal that the U.S. designed and subsequently abandoned.

They can go ahead without the U.S., and they should.