The Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific: A Constructive Approach to Multilateralizing Asian Regionalism

  title={The Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific: A Constructive Approach to Multilateralizing Asian Regionalism},
  author={C. Fred Bergsten and Marcus Noland and Jeffrey J. Schott},
  journal={Political Economy: International Political Economy eJournal},
This paper examines the prospect of realizing regional economic integration via the mechanism of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). The FTAAP initiative represents a politically ambitious, high potential benefit option for achieving Asian regional integration. Among its desirable attributes, the FTAAP initiative could help revive and promote a successful conclusion of the Doha Round negotiations; constitute a “Plan B†hedge if Doha fails; short-circuit the further proliferation… 
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