Association of Southeast Asian Nations-China Free Trade Agreement

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBILATERAL AND REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS
Subtitle of host publicationCASE STUDIES
EditorsSIMON LESTER, BRYAN MERCURIO
PublisherCambridge University Press
Chapter8
Pages192-225
ISBN (Electronic)9780511477775, 9780511575990, 9780511474538
ISBN (Print)9780521878289
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Introduction

There have been, arguably, too many regional free trade agreements (hereinafter “FTAs’ or “RTAs’) in Asia. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)–China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), albeit only half-materialized, is certainly one of these many that have caught most of the attention. Starting with a Framework Agreement signed in November 2002, it aims to create, by 2010, the third largest free trade area in the world after the EU and NAFTA. The parties have completed negotiations on trade in goods and services as well as on dispute resolution, and are now working on how to implement the FTA fully and tackle certain sensitive issues. There is already a growing body of literature on the economic and geopolitical dimensions of ACFTA even though discussions on its legal aspects are still in the nascent stage. This chapter is an attempt to explore the various legal issues concerning the ACFTA, including mainly: 

(a) the tariff reduction arrangement under ACFTA; 
(b) the investment;
(c) the services;
(d) some contentious trade law issues in ACFTA, including rules of origin and contingency protection policies;
(e) dispute settlement under ACFTA; and
(f) the legal nature of ACFTA and its impact on the legal relations concerning the rights and obligations of the parties under ACFTA.

Citation Format(s)

Association of Southeast Asian Nations-China Free Trade Agreement. / WANG, Jiangyu.

BILATERAL AND REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: CASE STUDIES. ed. / SIMON LESTER; BRYAN MERCURIO. Cambridge University Press, 2009. p. 192-225.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review