Now that Congress has passed Trade Promotion Authority/Fast Track, the Council on Foreign Relations is taking the lead in calling for China to be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This represents a key reversal of the deliberately deceptive public message put out by the Obama administration and the TPP lobby over the past couple of years, to wit, that a TPP is absolutely essential to averting Communist China’s economic hegemony, in the Pacific and globally.
The Los Angeles Times, which has offered unstinting support for the TPP, in a March 4, 2015 article entitled “China is Obama’s trump card in push for Pacific Rim trade pact,” noted the Obama White House strategy of presenting China’s economic ascendance as a primary reason for approving the TPP. “President Obama is hoping to win passage of a Pacific Rim trade pact by playing on fears of China,” ran the story’s subtitle.
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