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Trade Liberalization and Organized Labour in the Asia-Pacifi c Region: Barriers to Labour Internationalism

WithMi Park

ABSTRACT This article examines the impact of international power politics on trade

liberalization and organized labour. Using regional and bilateral free trade agreements

(FTAs) in the Asia-Pacific region as a case study, it discusses how China’s economic rise and

the ensuing interstate rivalry in the region have contributed to the proliferation of FTAs. In

examining the politics of nation-states and organized labour in the Asia-Pacific with regard

to FTAs, it identifies economic nationalism as a barrier to transnational labour solidarity.

With a critical examination of alternative trade policies, this article explores alternative

venues for global social justice and labour solidarity.