Trans-Pacific Partnerships Agreement Diluting China’s Ascendency in Southeast Asian Regionalism?


  • Mohamed Aslam Department of Economic, Faculty of Economics and Administration University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Free trade area - Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - United States of America - China - ASEAN - Southeast Asia


Political and economic development over the past 10 years reveal that the
close allies of the United States of America (USA) were unable to “limit” China’s
growing domination in the Southeast Asian region. The TPPA that was led by the
US was believed as a counter measure to check China’s growing power in Southeast
Asia. This paper attempts to answer (i) what is the motive of the US government
involvement in TPPA, (ii) what the possible implication of TPPA to China, and (iii)
what would happen to China’s role in the region.


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