Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): geopolitical influence, the Sino-US game and China's options

SONG Guoyou1,2

(1.Center for American Studies, Fudan University)
(2.Collaborative Innovation Center for Peaceful Development of Cross-Strait Relations, Fudan University)

【Abstract】After several years of hard negotiations, the TPP was finally reached in 2015. The reach of the TPP will have a significant geo-influence in the Asia Pacific region, including the geopolitical and geo-economic influence. The reach of the TPP has different influences for China and the US. The TPP is of great significance to the US, but the actual negative impact on China is relatively limited. For the TPP competition arising from regional and international economic rules, China should give necessary attention, because it reflects the new development trend of the US strategy. Although the TPP has no great impact on China, China should take various measures to be on guard against and deal with the TPP. These measures should not only be based on dealing with the TPP itself, but also should focus on enhancing China's international economic competitiveness and influence via the TPP and help China build a new pattern of all-round and high-level opening up.

【Keywords】 TPP ; geopolitical influence; Sino-US relations; competition of rules;


【Funds】 Key Project of the Ministry of Education of China (14JZD033) Key Project of the Key Research Base of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Education of China (14JJD810011)

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    [1]. ① China is a typical ocean and land composite country, it is both a land and ocean power, but in the western international relations discourse system, China is mainly described as a land power. [^Back]

    [2]. ① Prior to the TPP deal, the last FTA in the APAC region for the US was the US-South Korea bilateral FTA. The US and South Korean government signed the agreement in August 2007, and the final approval of the US Congress was in October 2011. [^Back]

    [3]. ② Data from the National Bureau of Statistics website. [^Back]


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CN: 22-1180/C

Vol 25, No. 02, Pages 67-74+128

March 2016


Article Outline



  • 1 The geopolitical impact of the TPP agreement
  • 2 The Sino-US game in the TPP
  • 3 China's policy options to deal with the TPP
  • 4 Conclusion
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