Explaining China's tripartite strategy toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

Du, Ming (2015) Explaining China's tripartite strategy toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Journal of International Economic Law, 18 (2). pp. 407-432. ISSN 1369-3034

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The emergence of mega-regional trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) threatens to fragment global trade governance in fundamental ways. An important question, yet so far under-explored, is how the rising powers currently being excluded from the mega-regionals, such as China, view this new development in global economic governance. This article intends to fill this gap in the literature from a Chinese perspective. Specifically, this article addresses the following questions: why has China changed its initial suspicious attitude to a more neutral stance toward the TPP recently? What are the short-term and long-term effects of the TPP on China’s economic growth and geopolitical influence? How will China deal with a myriad of challenges posed by the TPP going forward, be it in or outside the TPP? After the analysis of a range of relevant political, economic, and legal factors, I submit that the Chinese government has adopted what I call a ‘tripartite strategy’ toward the TPP. What remains to be seen is whether this tripartite strategy provides the best roadmap for China’s further integration into the global economy.

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Date of Acceptance: 27/02/2015 This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of International Economic Law following peer review. The version of record Du, Explaining China’s Tripartite Strategy Toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Volume 18, Issue 2, is available online at: http://jiel.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/2/407.short
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