Röttgen on free trade agreement: China's influence in the world is growing

Norbert Röttgen, about dts
Norbert Röttgen, about dts
CDU foreign expert Norbert Röttgen sees the new Chinese free trade pact as a sign of the expansion of Chinese influence in the world.

"The free trade pact of 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region is a great success for China," said the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee to the "editorial network Germany" (Sunday editions). “The agreement reduces trade barriers, but at the same time does not stipulate that the members must liberalize their economies or meet international standards in environmental protection and employee protection. The protection of intellectual property is also irrelevant, ”says Röttgen.

“The largest free trade zone in the world will thus be created based on the Chinese model. China is thus strengthening its influence on regional trade rules, ”said the applicant for the CDU chairmanship. Röttgen called on Europeans and Americans to reach greater agreement on trade issues. "The revival of the, Trans-Pacific Partnership ?? with European and American participation would be an attractive counter-offer for many Asian countries that do not want to decide between the USA and China, but are quite critical of Chinese expansionism in the region and its dependencies, ”he said. Under the outgoing President Donald Trump, the US withdrew from the TPP agreement in early 2017.