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Hot Topics I: Asia's Trade Pacts: Acronyms, Acrimony & Optimism?

Nathan Bush, Joosil Han, JOO HYOUNG LEE, Sodam Kweon, and Eric Emerson

Asia is the fulcrum of multiple overlapping trade agreements: the Regional and Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP); the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP); the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF); Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) initiatives; plus dozens of bilateral investment treaties and Free Trade Agreements.  How will new negotiations to expand these agreements and admit new members the trade, investment, and technology flows throughout Asia and the global trade regime under the WTO?  Our panelists will assess the prospects for progress and roadblocks to further regional integration. 

This panel was presented at the Fall 2023 Asia/Pacific Conference on “Law and Technology in a Changing World” in Seoul, South Korea.