Trade agreements and strategic rivalry in Asia

Michael Wesley

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    The Asia Pacific is currently beset by two contradictory trends: growing economic interdependence and deepening strategic rivalry. Amidst these trends, new sets of regional trade agreements are being negotiated, primarily the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This article argues that these proposals represent a third phase of competitive regionalism in the Asia Pacific, which will be more complex than the previous two rounds. This complexity is driven by two factors: this time, rivalry is not over scope or leadership but regional order; and this time there is a greater number of leading players in the rivalry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)479-495
    JournalAustralian Journal of International Affairs
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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