Since last year, the
US has been high-jacking the TPP framework from and three other countries that founded TPP. The Singapore US has persuaded to participate to the TPP. After North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died in last December, the president of South Korea Lee Myung Bak visited Japan on 9 January 2012. To get North Korean information is one thing, but the really purpose for his trip to Beijing China was to negotiate with regarding an FTA. Since China South Korea has already signed TPP with the US, it will be another victory if South Korea can bring China into the FTA negotiation table with . According to Japanese media reportedly three countries: China China, Japan, and South Korea will negotiate an FTA framework by May 2012 ( Times 10 January 2012). What will the Japan think about? US
Source: koreaherald.com (access date: 6 March 2012).