The U.S. Perspective

The proposed China-Japan-Korea (CJK) FTA, if it comes to fruition, will be a major economic accomplishment in its own right; but it will also constitute an important milestone and potential way station on the road to a region-wide FTA, embodied in previous proposals for an ASEAN+6 agreement and in the recently launched negotiations for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. This chapter analyzes the implications for the United States of the CJK FTA against the background of competing pathways to an ultimate regional economic architecture.

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