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The Market Driven Trade Liberalization And East Asian Regional Integration



This paper creates a new index (“index of bilateral trade relation”) to quantitatively evaluate the degree of regional economic integration based on countries’ de facto bilateral trade relations. It concludes that a fundamental arrangement of East Asian regionalism should involve at least one of the two “hub” candidates – Japan and China. It also suggests that the China-ASEAN FTA (CAFTA) may trigger domino effects of regionalism in East Asia.

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  • Lurong Chen, 2004. "The Market Driven Trade Liberalization And East Asian Regional Integration," IHEID Working Papers 12-2008, Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies, revised Apr 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:gii:giihei:heidwp12-2008

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    2. Lurong Chen, 2015. "Germany–China Trade: Potential and Implications," China Economic Policy Review (CEPR), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 4(01), pages 1-15, June.
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    4. Lurong Chen, 2012. "The BRICs in the Global Value Chains: An Empirical Note," REVISTA CUADERNOS DE ECONOMÍA, UN - RCE - CID, August.

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    International Economics; trade liberalization; regional integration; East Asian Regionalism;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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