The economy and its independence.   On November 21, 2016, in a video message, Trump outlined an economic strategy to «put America first,» saying he would «negotiate fair bilateral trade agreements that will bring jobs and industry back to U.S. shores.» As part of that plan, Trump confirmed his intention, on his first day in office, for the United States to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.    McConnell claimed that the TPP would not be considered at the Lame Duck meeting of Congress before Trump`s inauguration.  Japan`s main competition in the region is China, with the two nations having differing views on the evolution of the Southeast Asian economy. [Citation required] Before the TPP, Japan tried to gain supremacy by creating the Asian Monetary Fund (MFA), which the US blocked. Until 2011, Japan managed to conclude a cooperation agreement with China and Korea, called the «Free Trade Agreement between the PRC, Japan and the Republic of Korea», also known as the CJK Free Trade Agreement, which did not contain the intention of the United States to use the map of the People`s Republic of China to transfer the TPP negotiations from China to Japan`s agenda with the support of the United States.  Ratification in Japan necessitated political reforms that shifted some of the authority from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Prime Minister.  On 9 December 2016, a decision to participate was taken at the House of Councillors and the depositary of the treaty (New Zealand) was the first ratified country to be informed, on 20 January 2017, of the closure of the national ratification procedures.  The original agreement was ratified by Japan and New Zealand. . .