APEC and liberalisation of the Chinese economy

APEC and liberalisation of the Chinese economy

Edited by: Peter Drysdale, Zhang Yunling, Ligang Song orcid

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“China is so large that its trading interests and influence are global. But its interests are disproportionately powerful in its immediate Western Pacific and Asia Pacific partners. The evolution of China’s economic relationships with its Asia Pacific partners, in which APEC came to play a significant role in the 1990s, is thus a central part of the story of China’s rapidly growing and changing interaction with the global economy.”

- Ross Garnaut

APEC is an important forum through which China can demonstrate its commitment to economic openness. APEC has also been an important vehicle for China’s trade liberalisation on the way towards accession to the WTO.

In facilitating trade liberalisation, APEC and the WTO are mutually reinforcing. APEC prepares China for the WTO and WTO accession encourages China’s active participation in the APEC process. Both APEC membership and WTO accession help with the huge task of China’s domestic reform.

This book sets out China’s strategic interests in APEC in the lead-up to the APEC summit in Shanghai in 2001. Contributors include leading Chinese economists from the APEC Policy Research Centre in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences–Zhang Yunling, Zhang Jianjun, Sun Xuegong, Li Kai, Chen Luzhi, Zhou Xiaobing, Zhao Jianglin–and from the Asia Pacific School of Economics and Management at The Australian National University–Peter Drysdale, Ligang Song, Ross Garnaut, Christopher Findlay, Andrew Elek, Yongzheng Yang, Yiping Huang, K.P. Kalirajan, Hadi Soesastro and Chen Chunlai.

This work, originally published by Asia Pacific Press, is reproduced here in the interests of maintaining open access to high-quality academic works no longer in print.


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Dec 2012
First published by Asia Pacific Press
ANU Press
Business & Economics
East Asia: China

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APEC and the Chinese Economy: Strategic Issues

  1. Liberalisation of the Chinese economy: APEC, WTO and tariff reductions (PDF, 576KB) – Zhang Yunling doi
  2. Open regionalism, APEC and China’s international trade strategies (PDF, 845KB) – Peter Drysdale doi
  3. The functions of APEC and implications for China: a critical review (PDF, 685KB) – Zhang Jianjun doi

Australia-China Cooperation in APEC

  1. Australia’s APEC agenda-implications for Australia and China (PDF, 675KB) – Christopher Findlay and Chen Chunlai doi
  2. Australia and China-shared objectives in APEC and the international economic system (PDF, 1.5MB) – Andrew Elek doi

APEC, Structural Reform and Sectoral Liberalisation

  1. How important is APEC to China? (PDF, 990KB) – Yongzheng Yang and Yiping Huang doi
  2. APEC investment, trade liberalisation and China’s economic adjustment (PDF, 516KB) – Sun Xuegong doi
  3. Trade protection in China’s automobile and textile industries and its impact on trade liberalisation (PDF, 691KB) – Li Kai doi
  4. The competitiveness of China’s chemical sector: assessment and implications for EVSL policy (PDF, 1.0MB) – Sun Xuegong doi

Ecotech Cooperation

  1. Ecotech at the heart of APEC: capacity-building in the Asia Pacific (PDF, 2.3MB) – Andrew Elek and Hadi Soesastro doi
  2. Promoting APEC’s ecotech initiative (PDF, 599KB) – Chen Luzhi doi
  3. Economic and technical cooperation-creating the environment to remove the barriers (PDF, 911KB) – Zhou Xiaobing and Zhao Jianglin doi

Capital Flows, Technology and Trade Liberalisation

  1. Impact of capital inflows and technology transfer on the Chinese economy (PDF, 896KB) – Zhou Xiaobing doi
  2. Exchange rate changes, trade development and structural adjustment in the East Asian economies (PDF, 779KB) – Zhou Xiaobing and Ligang Song doi
  3. China’s trade efficiency: measurement and determinants (PDF, 568KB) – Peter Drysdale, Yiping Huang and K.P. Kalirajan doi

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