The lament that Asia lacks regional trade institutions has now been replaced by criticism of the excess number of institutional fora in the region. This talk addresses three key questions with respect to trade institutions in Asia and the Asia-Pacific. First, how can one analytically characterize the lay of the land with respect to regional Asian trade institutions in more systematic fashion? Second, what have been the driving forces for institutional creation and change in the Asia-Pacific? Third, in view of the proliferation of trade institutions in the region, what are the interests of three major powers - the U.S, Japan, and China - with respect to reconciling this diversity of institutions? In particular, will the U.S. be able to conclude the Trans Pacific Partnership accord and will this be a step toward the long sought Free Trade Agreement of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP)?
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Prof. Vinod Aggarwal, Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Director, Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (BASC)
- Tuesday, 29 May 2012
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-4
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road