There is a growing middle class in China that will replace a dwindling US middle class.
The 1 percent has been working with the Chinese government for years to create an educated middle class in China of scientists, engineers, and business professionals.
The U.S. is being turned into a corporate colony to be a source of raw materials (oil, food stuffs, minerals) to supply the Chinese economy with the means of expanding and sustaining corporate domination of the planet.
The U.S., with its smaller population and its penchant for support of human rights and environmental issues, has become a hindrance to the 1 percent's goal of corporate (ie., fascist) domination of the planet.
The endgame of the 1 percent is not merely profit. It is total control of the planet.
The purpose of trade agreements such as NAFTA, the WTO, the IMF, and even more so, the proposed TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), is control of trade and thereby secure total control of all economic activity on the planet.
Whoever controls economic activity controls political activity.