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