Accession Number : AD1008948


Title :   The Elusive China-Japan-South Korea Free Trade Agreement


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States


Personal Author(s) : Greenberg,Jonathan D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1008948.pdf


Report Date : 01 Sep 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 153


Abstract : East Asia has become a major hub for global trade. At the center of this East Asian factory are three nations-China, Japan, and South Korea-which have benefited the most economically. Yet, despite transnational value chains and the trilateral political cooperation that binds these nations, they have yet to conclude a trilateral free trade agreement (FTA). Since 1999, the China-Japan-South Korea FTA has proved to be an elusive feat for these Northeast Asian neighbors. Historical and political animosities and popular mistrust seem to have a corrosive effect upon the trilateral relationship despite decades of political cooperation and economic interdependence. What explains the limited progress toward a China-Japan-South Korea FTA? This thesis tests four potential explanations for the trilateral FTAs current lack of progress: perceptions of the deal not being an economic priority, the power of influential domestic business interests negatively affected by the FTA, regional competition over Chinas growing domestic market, and regional political-historical animosities. Overall, this research concludes that Japan is the least willing participant to push for progress toward a trilateral FTA, and a lack of perception of the deal not being an economic priority is the strongest explanation.


Descriptors :   China , JAPAN , south KOREA , ASIA , iNTERNATIONAL TRADE , economics , agreements , commerce , globalization , foreign relations , trade associations , national politics


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE