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Title: A new agenda for APEC : setting up the 'building blocks' of free trade 
Author: Naya, Seiji; Iboshi, Pearl Imada
Date: 1994
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Abstract: The recent spectacular economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region has been fueled by the increasing trade and investment activities among nations of the region. For this to continue, barriers to trade and investment must fall more than they already have, but members of the new Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum are divided on how to accomplish this goal. U.S. policy makers and their allies want to concentrate on legalistic agreements and timetables for the rapid reduction of trade barriers. Some Asian policymakers fear this approach will result in establishment of a free trade area, which they oppose; they favor a more evolutionary course. APEC can help bring these two approaches together by trying to foster agreement on a number of policies that will reduce trade and investment barriers. Whatever the outcome of the broader debate, setting up these "building blocks" of free trade can help move the countries of the region steadily toward closer economic cooperation.
Series/Report No.: AsiaPacific issues ; no. 17
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Pages/Duration: 6 pages
ISSN: 1522-0960
LC Subject Headings: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Organization)
Free trade - Asia
Free trade - Pacific Area
Pacific Area - Economic integration
Asia - Economic integration

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  • AsiaPacific Issues [120]
    Papers in the AsiaPacific Issues series address topics of broad interest and significant impact relevant to current and emerging policy debates. These eight-page, peer-reviewed papers are accessible to readers outside the author's discipline.


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