China's Strategy for Free Trade Agreements: Political Battle in the Name of Trade

Ross Buckley, Richard Hu and Douglas Arner (eds.),East Asian Economic Integration: Law, Trade and Finance, Edward Elgar, pp. 104-120, 2011

Singapore Management University School of Law Research Paper No. 11/2013

18 Pages Posted: 11 May 2013 Last revised: 11 Aug 2019

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Henry S. Gao

Singapore Management University - School of Law

Date Written: February 10, 2011

Abstract

Compared with Europe and America, East Asia isa latecomer in the new gold-rush of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). In this process, China has played a significant role. This is not only due to the growing economic clout of China, but also because China has taken a conscious strategy to push for economic integration in the region. Thus, for the benefits of the countries in the region, it is very important to understand China’s FTA strategy. This article starts with the evolving picture of China’s FTA web, then discusses the key components of China’s FTA strategy, and concludes by noting the implications of China’s FTA strategy on the region and beyond.

Keywords: RTA, FTA, China, Trade, WTO

JEL Classification: F02, F15

Suggested Citation

Gao, Henry S., China's Strategy for Free Trade Agreements: Political Battle in the Name of Trade (February 10, 2011). Ross Buckley, Richard Hu and Douglas Arner (eds.),East Asian Economic Integration: Law, Trade and Finance, Edward Elgar, pp. 104-120, 2011, Singapore Management University School of Law Research Paper No. 11/2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2263161

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