A Search for Closer Economic Relations in East Asia

18 Pages Posted: 20 May 2007


In recent years, growing interdependence in East Asia through trade and financial cooperation heightened the need for East Asian Economies to engage in closer regional economic relations. This paper attempts to discuss emerging economic integration efforts in East Asia with special reference to bilateral and regional free trade agreements. It discusses backgrounds for recent developments of East Asian regionalism in terms of deepening intraregional economic dependence and financial cooperation, and South Korea's position towards FTAs with major trading partners as well as East Asian economic integration. Important issues and challenges for an East Asian FTA are presented.

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Ahn, Choong Yong and Cheong, Inkyo, A Search for Closer Economic Relations in East Asia. Japanese Economic Review, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 173-190, June 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=986786 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5876.2007.00388.x

Choong Yong Ahn

Chung-Ang University


Inkyo Cheong (Contact Author)

Inha University ( email )

253 Yonghyun-dong
Nam-gu Incheon 402-751, Incheon
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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