China as the Strategic Competitor in the Debate on TPP in the United States


  • Paulina Matera University of Łódź, Faculty of International and Political Studies, Department of American and Media Studies



Trans-Pacific Partnership, ratification of TPP in Congress, public debate on TPP, US–China rivalry for influences in Asia-Pacific region


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was negotiated with participation of the U.S. representatives from 2008. It was discussed not only in terms of the economic consequences of it. The proponents of signing TPP claimed that it would strengthen the alliances in Asia-Pacific region, curtail the Chinese influences and let the U.S. establish the global trade rules for the future. The debate on this issue took place in the Congress, also the front runners of the presidential elections of 2016 expressed their standpoints. The attitude of public opinion will be also presented as well as the position of Donald Trump which resulted in the withdrawal of the United States from the agreement once he became the President of the U.S.


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Author Biography

Paulina Matera, University of Łódź, Faculty of International and Political Studies, Department of American and Media Studies

Paulina Matera is Associate Professor at the University of Łódź (Department of Transatlantic Studies and Mass Media, Faculty of International and Political Studies). Her research interests are in the areas of contemporary international political and economic relations, U.S. history and foreign policy. She is an author of the books about the past and current transatlantic relations: France in the Foreign Policy of the United States, The United States and Europe. Political and Economic Relations 1776–2004 (co-authored with Rafał Matera), The Impact of Economic Issues on the United States Policy toward Western Europe during the Presidency of Richard M. Nixon (1969–1974). She teaches international political relations, international security, transatlantic relations and MA Seminar on U.S. History and Politics.


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How to Cite

Matera, P. (2018). China as the Strategic Competitor in the Debate on TPP in the United States. International Studies. Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal, 22(1), 85-102.