VIII JEAIL 2 (2015)
Eric Yong Joong Lee
“The rise of China” is a critical issue of the twenty-first century’s world politics.
China is leading the new bipolar system in the post-Cold War period with the US.
As the American dominance in East Asia became weaker, the old containment could
not be fully implemented anymore. As a result, a new comprehensive strategic
this transformation is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was reached on
October 5, 2015. This article aims to analyze the newly arisen TPP as a post-Cold
War strategic alliance of East Asia. The TPP is a mega regional trade agreement.
Its predictable legal setting is thus indispensable for the peaceful coordination of
this region, sharing the vision of cooperation, not confrontation in the future.
TPP, Containment, New Bipolar System, China, Mutual Defense Treaty,
Pivot to Asia, One Belt, One Road Initiative, RCEP
of the global system and improve the rules and norms.
US Vice President Joseph P. Biden, April 5, 2013
∗ This paper is a fully revised version of the presentation to the New Haven Conference held at Zhejiang University, China,
on October 30-31, 2014.
∗∗ Professor of International Law at Dongguk University – Seoul, Korea; President of YIJUN Institute of International Law.
B.A.(U. Washington), M.P.A.(Seoul N. U.), LL.M.(Leiden), Dr.iur.(Erasmus). ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5640-
490X. This work was supported by the research program of Dongguk University. The views reflected in this article are
his own. Readers’ comments are cordially welcome. The author may be contacted at: email@example.com / Address:
562 Gwangnaruro, Kwangjin-gu #201 Seoul 143-821 Korea.