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Title: Multitrack integration in East Asian trade : noodle bowl or matrix? 
Author: Petri, Peter A.
Date: 2008-10
Publisher: Honolulu, HI: East-West Center
Abstract: East Asian trade agreements are often described as a complicated "noodle bowl," which shows links in the region as a snarled, overlapping and intertwined mass. But this is a misleading representation--Asia's regional agreements may in fact be creating an order of a different sort, building the foundations for a stronger regional trading system. Asian trade arrangements can be more constructively seen in terms of a trade agreements matrix, in which multiple negotiations produce an orderly progression of agreements to liberalize all potential bilateral relationships and move the region toward a coherent system of freer trade. The various approaches to deeper economic integration--regional arrangements, trans-Pacific agreements, and global engagement--are complementary paths that should eventually lead to an open global trading system. East Asia is of growing importance in the global marketplace, and adopting an aggressive multitrack strategy--as the region appears to be doing--may be the fastest route toward a new global framework.
Series/Report No.: AsiaPacific issues ;
no. 86
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Pages/Duration: 12 p.
LC Subject Headings: East Asia - Economic integration
East Asia - Foreign economic relations
Regionalism - Economic aspects - East Asia
East Asia - Commerce

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    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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