Regional Cooperation and Free Trade Agreements in Asia


The rise of Asia and the dynamics of Asian economic development have impacted global trade relationships and regional cooperation tremendously. While the WTO integrating national economies into global trade regulations has further liberalized trade relationships between developed and developing nations and amongst the emerging economies in particular in Asia, proliferation of free trade agreements in Asia has raised growing concerns regarding the fragmentation of the world economic order. World-renowned experts have here answered a variety of trade related issues ranging from China’s free trade agreements in its neighbourhood, the Tripartite Relationship between China, Japan and Korea, the Trans-Pacific Economic Partnership, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation as well human rights and environmental implications of free trade agreements.

Contributors are: Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Jianfu Chen, Won-Mog Choi, Ming Du, Henry Gao, Liyu Han, Jiaxiang Hu, Robert Irish, Tomoko Ishikawa, Md. Rizwanul Islam, Kwangkug Kim, Qingjiang Kong, Yong-Shik Lee, Wei Liang, Kuei-Jung Ni, Delei Peng, Yasuhei Taniguchi, Kim Van der Borght, Matthias Vanhullebusch, and Richard N. Watanabe, Shengxing Yu

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Jiaxiang Hu, Ph.D (2003) in Law, University of Edinburgh, is Professor and Director of the Asian Law Center at the KoGuan Law School of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Matthias Vanhullebusch, Ph.D (2011) in Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), is Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Asian Law Center at the KoGuan Law School of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
List of Contributors

Part 1 China’s Role Within Regional Trade

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats? IPR Provisions in China’s Free Trade Agreements
Qingjiang Kong

Retrospect and Prospect of the Cross-Straits Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) between Mainland China and Taiwan
Kuei-Jung Ni

Bolstering Taiwan’s Regional Operations Centres through Liberalization of Trade Across the Taiwan Strait
Richard N. Watanabe and Robert Irish

China’s FTA Practice in Europe. New Features and Impacts
Delei Peng

Part 2 China and the Transpacific Partnership

Selected Issues in TPP Negotiation and Implications for China
Henry Gao

Look before You Leap. The Case for China’s Tripartite Strategy Towards the Trans-Pacific Strategic Partnership (TPP)
Ming Du

Part 3 Free Trade Between China, Japan and Korea

Tripartite Free Trade Agreement among China, Korea, and Japan. A Step Towards Economic Integration in Northeast Asia?
Yong-Shik Lee and Kwangkug Kim

Composing an Investment Chapter of the Korea-China-Japan FTA
Won-Mog Choi

Industry Specific FTAs. Korean FTAs Example
Liyu Han

On the Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism in the China-Japan-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Lessons from Existing FTAs and Investment Treaties
Yasuhei Taniguchi and Tomoko Ishikawa

Part 4 Future Perspectives on Asian Regional Trade

Searching for Human Rights. Free Trade Agreements in Asia
Matthias Vanhullebusch

Shanghai Free Trade Pilot Zone. The Model for Future China?
Jiaxiang Hu

Promoting Intra-Regional Trade in South Asia through Trade Facilitation Measures under the Auspices of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
Md. Rizwanul Islam

A Study on the Cooperation in Trade Remedies among the BRICS Countries
Shengxing Yu

The US, East Asian FTAs, and China
Jean-Marc F. Blanchard and Wei Liang

Playing a Long Game in Their Free Trade Regime between China and the EU. A Reflection on the Evolution of the MFN Clause
Kim Van der Borght

Regional Trade Agreements in Context
Jianfu Chen

All concerned by the fast changing world economic order and proliferation of regional cooperation and FTAs in an Asian context.
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