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Trade liberalization and international production networks: The automotive industry in China

In: Fighting Irrelevance: The Role of Regional Trade Agreements in International Production Networks in Asia


  • Bala Ramasamy

    () (China Europe International Business School (CEIBS))


This chapter contains the sectoral case study on the automotive industry in China. The objective of this chapter is to consider the role, if any, of RTAs in the growth of IPNs in automobile sector in China. Without a doubt, IPNs preceded RTAs. However, with the uncertainly associated with the prolonged negotiations under the WTO Doha Round, additional regional agreements can be expected, while existing ones might expand in depth and scope. Thus, the objective here is to consider these factors that are important to these RTAs and which could therefore encourage greater use of IPNs in China. This is done by considering the automotive sector in China.

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  • Bala Ramasamy, 2011. "Trade liberalization and international production networks: The automotive industry in China," STUDIES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT,in: Fighting Irrelevance: The Role of Regional Trade Agreements in International Production Networks in Asia, chapter 4, pages 77-99 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  • Handle: RePEc:unt:ecchap:tipub2597_chap4

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    1. Douglas C. Lippoldt, 2006. "The Australian Preferential Tariff Regime," OECD Trade Policy Papers 33, OECD Publishing.
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    trade liberalization; international production networks; regional trade agreements; value chain; Asia; automotive; East Asia; China;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade


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