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Fighting Irrelevance: The Role of Regional Trade Agreements in International Production Networks in Asia – A Study of Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade,


Regional trade agreements (RTAs) became the chosen approach to trade liberalization during the last fifteen years. Asian countries quickly made up for the slow start and now contribute about half of all trade agreements in force globally. In Asia, the trade agreements complement market driven integration of so-called international production networks (IPNs) that have a much longer history...

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