The seven-year long negotiation of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a trade pact involving the U.S. and eleven other Pacific countries aimed at cutting tariffs — finally came to an end in Atlanta on Monday when the countries finally sealed the deal.
Both developed and fledgling economies such as Japan and Vietnam are part of it. Left out in the cold: China, the world's second-largest economy, which is definitely part of the "trans-pacific" region.
President Obama explained why China was on the outside looking in in a statement commemorating the agreement on the TPP.
The question is what does "countries like China" mean? Obama didn't spell it out, but Chinese internet users are trying to figure it out for themselves.
Among thousands of comments on Weibo, many are as harsh as this one:
To be clear, Chinese government does think that it has fulfilled its WTO promise.
"By 2010, all of China's commitments made upon entry into the WTO had been fulfilled," read the White Paper published by the Information Office of China's State Council on the 10-year-anniversary of China joining the WTO.