APEC and the ‘battle of free trade agreements’

Jayant Menon 10 November 2014

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The race is on between the US and China to dominate the rules-setting game for trade by being the first to be able to announce plans for a free trade area in the Pacific Rim. China hopes to use its position as this year’s chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum to propose a feasibility study on a Free Trade Agreement for the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), first mooted in 2006.  In other words, negotiations towards an FTAAP that would cover more than 60 percent of the world economy would commence, for all practical purposes.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  TPP, TTIP, WTO, multilateralisation

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and rulemaking to regulate state-owned enterprises

Tsuyoshi Kawase 29 July 2014

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations progressed slowly during the first half of 2014. Marathon negotiation sessions held from mid to late February in Singapore failed to show any signs of an agreement being reached. At the Japan-US Summit held in Tokyo in April, even a fancy sushi dinner couldn’t produce a substantial agreement on the liberalisation of Japan's five key agricultural products and the elimination of US tariffs on Japanese auto imports.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  SOE, TPP, state-owned enterprise, international trade agreements

TPPing over?

Jayant Menon 01 July 2014

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Introduction

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  US, trade agreements, TPP

TTIP, the multilateral trading system and Latin American countries

Anabel González 29 May 2014

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A lot is happening in trade negotiations in almost every corner of the world. Countries have been quite active at the bilateral and regional levels for some time – the WTO has been notified of 432 regional trade agreements.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, free-trade agreements, TPP, TTIP

TTIP – Is free trade coming to the north Atlantic?

Dennis Novy 28 May 2014

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If concluded successfully, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would be the most ambitious free trade agreement in history. This is partly due to its sheer scale, with the EU and the US representing about 45% of global output. It is also partly because of the attempt to tackle non-tariff barriers and regulation. As a mega-deal, TTIP could be a game changer for 21st-century trade (Hoekman 2014).

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  non-tariff barriers, TPP, TTIP

The problem with TTIP

L Alan Winters 22 May 2014

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Much attention has been focused on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that the EU is currently negotiating with the US. Most economists cheer this development, but I regret it – it is a pity that it has emerged.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  US, EU, trade agreements, TPP, TTIP

TPP, TTIP and multilateralism: stepping stones or oceans apart?

Lucian Cernat 08 November 2013

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‘New’ and ‘old’ themes in the trade agenda

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  multilateralism, free-trade agreements, TPP, TTIP, mega-FTAs

Estimating the effect of the TPP on Japan’s growth

Yasuyuki Todo 11 May 2013

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Prime Minister Abe recently announced that Japan would participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, with all other Trans-Pacific Partnership parties now having accepted Japan.1 This trade demarche is viewed as a key part of ‘Abenomics’ (Petri, Plummer and Zhai 2013). Although the dye has been cast, the debate in Japan has not ended. Many Japanese are sceptical about effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the Japanese economy, so this is the right moment for research-based analysis of its economic effects.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  FDI, Japan, foreign direct investment, Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP

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