Free trade agreements and the US-China-Australia relationship in the Asia-Pacific region

He, Ling Ling and Sappideen, Razeen (2013) Free trade agreements and the US-China-Australia relationship in the Asia-Pacific region. Asia Pacific Law Review , 21 (1). pp. 55-76. ISSN 1019-2557


In the wake of the Asian century, the Asia-Pacific region has seen a proliferation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). The driving force behind the initial formation of these agreements since the 1990s, however, has moved away from focusing on economic incentives to more strategic geopolitical concerns. This article examines the employment of FTAs by the United States (US), China, and Australia to further their geopolitical interests in the Asia- Pacific region in the context of the strong trading relationship between China and Australia on the one hand, and the strong strategic relationship the US has had with Australia on the other. Australia's roadmap to the future as set out in its recently released White Paper provides valuable insights into this interlinked relationship.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2013 01:11
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2014 02:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: GATT; FTA; free trade agreement; Asian century; WTO
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180117 International Trade Law
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140212 Macroeconomics (incl. Monetary and Fiscal Theory)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9103 International Trade > 910301 International Agreements on Trade

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