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Evaluation of Chinese Scholars on Free Trade Agreement Strategies
free trade agreement;neorealism;hegemonic stability theory;relative gain;balance of power
|Issue Date:||2017-11-13 11:46:09 (UTC+8)|
Since the 1990s, free trade agreements (FTAs) have gradually replaced multilateral mechanisms introduced by the World Trade Organization and have become the most prevalent form of international economic cooperation. In particular, current bilateral FTAs not only affect economic cooperation, but also constitute the primary means through which countries engage in market and resource competition, and the arena in which the superpowers carry out their geopolitic and geoeconomic strategies. Superpowers such as the United States, the European Union, and Japan have considered FTAs as a critical element of their national security strategy. Regarding the role of China as the world's second-largest economy, the country's leaders have undoubtedly acknowledged the significance of FTA competition for China's economic development, economic security, and geostrategy. At the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, China's leaders announced its policy for implementing a free trade zone strategy, which was soon followed by a series of studies by Chinese scholars to provide a policy reference for the government. Their studies have focused on the implications of FTAs on China's economic development, economic reform, strategic resource supply, and regional economic integration. Because the FTA strategies adopted by the superpowers are of high political and economic significance, neorealism- particularly hegemonic stability theory and the concepts of relative gain and the balance of power- constitutes the optimal approach to understanding how FTA competition among the superpowers has influenced China’s national security strategy and how China applies its FTA strategy to respond to the new international order.
|Relation:||東亞研究, 46(1), 107-147|
|Appears in Collections:||[East Asia Studies] Periodical Articles|
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