China Review News (CRN) recently published an editorial on what impact the United States spearheading the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will have on China. The editorial expressed the belief that the TPP, if successful, will enhance the strategic advantage of the U.S. in East Asia, while weakening China’s influence. The author suggested that China currently has the upper hand in terms of free trade agreements in East Asia. However the U.S. is now trying to take the lead in this region by taking advantage of work with its political and military allies. It seems the TPP rules are designed to eliminate the chance for China to join, especially on the fronts of government purchases, intellectual property protection, and state-owned companies. The editorial suggested that China can bypass the TPP by negotiating free trade agreements directly with TPP countries, even if China is excluded from the TPP.
Source: China Review News, November 17, 2011