Opinion: Can the TPP fix the ‘noodle bowl’ of Asian free trade agreements? March 1, 2016 The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one the most significant developments in Australia’s trade and foreign policy agendas. In an article published by the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Dr Jeffrey Wilson, a fellow of Murdoch’s Asia Research Centre, examines the impact of the TPP on the fragmented trade architecture of the Asia Pacific. Experts have suggested the many bilateral trade agreements made by Asian governments during the 2000s has led to a ‘noodle bowl problem’ in the region, as each have wildly inconsistent agreements and differing rules. The TPP may help to address the noodle bowl because of its size, its regulatory coherence and its flexibility as a ‘living agreement’, Dr Wilson says. But its long term success will ultimately depend on its ability to draw in new members and attain full regional coverage. Korea, India, Indonesia and China are the conspicuous countries missing from the agreement. Dr Wilson’s full article can be read here. The piece was produced as part of a consultancy with the Perth USAsia Centre, a think tank that promotes stronger relationships between Australia, the Indo-Pacific and the USA. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, Asia Research Centre Research Tags: Trans-Pacific Partnership, asia research centre, australian institute of international affairs, jeffrey wilson, noodle bowl trade agreements, perth usasia centre, tpp Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!