Fears and Strategies: The EU, China and their Free Trade Agreements in East Asia (2010)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. National Centre for Research on Europe
AuthorsGarcia, M.show all
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.
CitationGarcia, M. (2010) Fears and Strategies: The EU, China and their Free Trade Agreements in East Asia. Journal of Contemporary European Research, 6(4), pp. 496-513.
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KeywordsFree trade agreements; EU trade policy; competition; China; ASEAN
ANZSRC Fields of Research14 - Economics::1402 - Applied Economics::140202 - Economic Development and Growth
15 - Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services