China’s state-run Global Times on Tuesday expected the prospective Biden administration to have more of an appetite for “multilateralism” than President Donald Trump, but lamented a skeptical American electorate and divided Congress will keep Biden from seeing things completely Beijing’s way.
“Based on domestic political considerations, Biden administration will be more hesitant to participate in free trade pacts like the CPTPP. Furthermore, to stabilize his administration, [former Vice President Joe] Biden might take measures similar to those of US President Donald Trump — by not joining any multilateral trade deals. This is totally possible,” the Chinese Communist paper predicted.
CPTPP is the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, essentially the remnant of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the United States decided not to join under Trump.
The Global Times obliquely acknowledged that TPP was very controversial in Democrat circles as well by anticipating that “even if Biden prefers being