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Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific : Origins, Evolution, and Implications - Vinod Aggarwal

Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific

Origins, Evolution, and Implications

By: Vinod Aggarwal (Editor), Shujiro Urata (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th December 2005
ISBN: 9780415702102
Number Of Pages: 312

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The Asia-Pacific region has witnessed a rapid rise in bilateral preferential trade agreements at the beginning of the twenty-first century. This trend could have potentially dramatic effects on the trading patterns of countries in the transpacific region and beyond. Some argue that these accords will spur multilateral negotiations, while others believe that they will irreparably damage the trading system.
Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific examines the underlying political and economic factors driving these accords, based on a novel theoretical framework. Experts then provide overviews of political and economic trends in the region as well as detailed analysis of the trade strategies of Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, and Mexico.
By systematically evaluating and assessing the driving forces underlying the turn to bilateral trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific, this book provides the first comprehensive analysis of this crucial phenomenon. Growing numbers of countries both in the region and elsewhere in the world are now considering further negotiation of bilateral trade accords. Understanding how these arrangements will fit or conflict with existing institutions in the Asia-Pacific and the WTO makes this book imperative reading for policymakers and scholars.
This book is imperative reading for policymakers and scholars, and will prove an invaluable resource for students of Asian Studies, politics, economics and management especially those interested in international trade, bilateral trade agreements, political economy, business strategy and trade.

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'This book is important, timely and crucial reading for anyone interested in the future of the Asia Pacific.' - Ann Capling, University of Melbourne

'Uniformly comprehensive, informative and engaging.' - Asian Pacific Economic Literature, Volume 20, Issue 2

Figuresp. vii
Tablesp. viii
Contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Theoretical framework and economic overviewp. 1
Bilateral trade agreements in the Asia-Pacificp. 3
The political economy of the new Asia-Pacific bilateralism: benign, banal, or simply bad?p. 27
Bilateralism in the Asia-Pacific: an economic overviewp. 50
Case studiesp. 73
Japan: a new move toward bilateral trade agreementsp. 75
US trade arrangements in the Asia-Pacificp. 95
Chinese trade bilateralism: politics still in commandp. 117
From multilateralism to bilateralism? a shift in South Korea's trade strategyp. 140
Who rules the international economy? Taiwan's daunting attempts at bilateralismp. 160
Singapore trade bilateralism: a two track strategyp. 184
Why countries are so eager to establish bilateral free trade agreements: a case study of Thailandp. 206
The reluctant bilateralist: Malaysia's new trade strategyp. 232
Free trade beyond NAFTA: the economic and institutional rationale for Mexico's bilateral trade agendap. 253
Conclusionp. 277
The evolution and implications of bilateral trade agreements in the Asia-Pacificp. 279
Indexp. 300
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ISBN: 9780415702102
ISBN-10: 0415702100
Series: Contemporary Political Economy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 15th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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