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China, Asia, and the New World Economy$
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Barry Eichengreen, Yung Chul Park, and Charles Wyplosz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235889.001.0001

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The Proliferation of FTAs and Prospects for Trade Liberalization in East Asia

The Proliferation of FTAs and Prospects for Trade Liberalization in East Asia

(p.87) 4 The Proliferation of FTAs and Prospects for Trade Liberalization in East Asia
China, Asia, and the New World Economy

Yung Chul Park

Inkyo Cheong

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the causes and possible consequences of proliferation of bilateral FTAs, focusing on the case of East Asia. It attempts to find clues as to whether the bilateral FTAs in East Asia that are completed or under discussion could be building or stumbling blocks for regional as well as global trade integration. Section 4.2 discusses some of the factors behind the increase in bilateral FTAs. Section 4.3 is devoted to an analysis of economic effects of the proliferation of FTAs. Section 4.4 examines the quality of East Asia's FTAs in terms of the coverage of tariff elimination and rules of origin. Section 4.5 discusses consequences of the proliferation of FTAs in East Asia. It is argued that for a number of institutional constraints, the proliferation is not likely to lead to the creation of a single East Asian FTA.

Keywords:   free trade agreements, bilateral trade, tariff elimination, rules of origin, bilateral FTAs

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