A Retreat From TPP Would Empower China Analysis

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In “A Retreat From TPP Would Empower China,” the author talks about some effects of the United States withdrawing from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPP is a trade agreement among countries in the Pacific Ocean. Countries such as Australia, Japan, Peru, and the United States are participating. What makes this trade agreement significant is that it does not include China, which composes the world’s largest population with the world’s second highest GDP. From the title, it senses that if the US withdraw from TPP, it would decrease the US presence in Asia. Thus, it enhances China to have greater influence in Asia. This implies that the author has some negative aspects toward the US withdrawal from TPP. The author that President-elect Donald …show more content…
For example, Vietnamese government do not recognize labor unions since Vietnam is governed by the Communist Party. However, the most parts of the article suggest that the US needs TPP or some other kinds of an agreement to counter the rising influence of China. Since this article was written after the election, it contrasts between President-elect Donald Trump’s view toward TPP and President Barack Obama’s view. Comments for both side seems neutral, but since article is about negative effects of withdrawing from TPP, it slightly favors President Obama. It implies that President-elect Trump neglects diminishing influence toward Asia, which would destroy President Obama’s rebalance toward …show more content…
Some researchers say that TPP would rise various people’s incomes, but it only affects people who are making more than $88,000 a year because countries with a low wage are going to promote cheaper goods, which means that it would increase income inequality. A gap between the rich and the poor are already wide, and it is getting wider and wider. If TPP is signed, it only makes the inequality worse, which is slightly similar to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) where Mexicans are taking the advantage of the US. The article lists some opposing views to strengthen its main idea, but most of opposing views are weak and not persuasive enough, which implies that the author has some negative connotation toward the next president’s political view. Overall, the article is trying to be neutral, but it has a notion of favoring TPP.
When the article comes to talk about China, it considers China as a threat to the US. This is clearly a bias. It creates a notion that the US has to win a battle for the influence in Asia which resembles the Cold War. Since the article is published by the NY Times, it is understandable why the article contains negative connotation toward China, but not all countries are like the US. Countries like Peru and Malaysia are willing to sign TPP, but they are also focusing on the trade agreement with

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