On October 26, 2015, Study Times, a Communist Party publication close to Chinese President Xi Jinping, stated in a commentary that China should join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the appropriate time.
The Study Times commentary rebutted the conspiracy theory which is based on the belief that the TPP is a means that the United States uses to isolate and contain China with the intent to drive China out of the Asia-Pacific economic and trade circle. The commentary expressed that the TPP rules are consistent with the direction of China’s reform in terms of establishing fair, open, and transparent market rules; streamlining administrative procedures and increasing public services; and enforcing environmental regulations and accountability. “China should pay close attention to the TPP and, as the domestic reforms move forward, it should join the TPP at the appropriate time and minimize the price to pay to join in.”
Source: Study Times, October 26, 2015