Commentary: Free Trade In Asia: Bogged Down Again

Back in the boom years, the winds of free trade seemed set to blow down tariff walls across Asia. True, the 1997-98 economic crisis "threw a monkey wrench" into regional free trade, as U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky puts it. But even then, liberalization seemed inevitable.

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