TITLE

Fears and Strategies: The European Union, China and their Free Trade Agreements in East Asia

AUTHOR(S)
Garcia, Maria
PUB. DATE
December 2010
SOURCE
Journal of Contemporary European Research;Winter2010, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p496
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The stalemate at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Doha Round sparked a new wave of bilateral preferential and free trade agreements (FTAs). Nowhere has this been more evident than in the Asia Pacific region. Whilst there are economic reasons for FTAs, these are less efficient and more complex than multilateral agreements and most have had fairly small economic impacts. This article compares the strategies of a newcomer to the FTA arena, China, and the actor with the most cumulative FTAs, the European Union. It ponders on the different reasons informing their strategies and on how these may be affecting each other. It also considers the role of competitive fears and competitive diffusion in the formulation of their policies.
ACCESSION #
73344430

 

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