ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Geethanjali Nataraj

China's Changing Export Structure: A Factor-Based Analysis

While China's stellar export performance is a well-established fact, the issue of diversification of China's exports continues to be debated. There are differing opinions on the factor proportions in its exports. Some argue that exports continue to be labour-intensive, while others have found a reallocation in favour of more skill-based and sophisticated exports. This paper is an attempt to address the ongoing debate. The study finds that post-2001 China's exports have diversified. The major finding is that, based on the competitiveness analysis, the share of hi-tech manufactures has increased, while the share of unskilled labour-intensive products has gone down during 2001-06. Post-2001 hi-tech products command a share of 32% in China's total exports and 43% in China's total imports. This is indicative of the fact that imports of hi-tech parts and components are assembled in China to be exported as finished hi-tech goods.

Japanese Investment in India: Trends and Prospects

Though Japan had been one of the top five investors in India for long, its share in India's total foreign direct investment inflows has been dwindling since 2000. In this context, the article attempts to analyse trends in Japanese investments in India. Major constraints faced by Japanese investors in India include poor infrastructure, a complex taxation system, procedural hassles in customs clearance and red tape. Further, many Japanese companies have lost out to stiff competition from South Korean companies.

Issues for Negotiation under the Doha Work Programme on RTAs

Regional trading agreements have become an important factor driving global trade. Though the literature on RTAs has grown, there are very few studies which highlight the development dimensions of RTAs envisaged in the Doha round of the World Trade Organisation. The objective of this paper is to analyse the issues in the Doha round with regard to RTAs and to come up with possible suggestions that further India's interests. The paper emphasises stricter rules governing RTAs in the WTO regime as the key to growth for developing economies like India.