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GTAP Resource #1055

"Options and Implications of FTA in Asia after China enter the WTO"
by Ma, Jun and Zhi Wang

This paper evaluates the impact of alternative free trade area proposals in Asia after China enters the WTO by means of a recursive dynamic, 18-region, 26-sector computable general equilibrium (CGE) model simulated from 1997 to 2015, based on version 5 GTAP data. With China and Taiwan's WTO accession set as the baseline scenario, we simulated the economic implications of four different FTA proposals: (1) ASEAN plus China/Hong Kong, (2) ASEAN plus Japan, (3) ASEAN plus China/Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea, and (4) ASEAN plus China/Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and USA.

We found that under the ASEAN plus China version, the most significant winner is Singapore, whose GDP growth will be enhanced by 3.9 percentage points over the ten year period (cumulatively) from 2003-2012, followed by Thailand, Indonesia, and China. The ASEAN plus Japan (without China), as expected, benefits Japan at the expense of China. Under the version of ASEAN plus Three (China/Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea), all countries will gain more than in the FTA proposals with limited memberships. This can be explained by the fact that the inclusion of all three North Asian Countries (China/Hong Kong, Japan and Korea) in the FTA offers a substantially larger market for its members, compared with those of ASEAN countries.

Resource Details (Export Citation) GTAP Keywords
Category: GTAP Application
2002 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 5th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Taipei, Taiwan
Date: 2002
Created: Wang, Z. (4/30/2002)
Updated: Bacou, M. (7/16/2002)
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- Preferential trading arrangements
- Asia (East)

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