The failure of Doha has enabled China to reach a global level of trade. It has signed bilateral trade agreements with dozens of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Chinese companies have the right to develop the country`s oil and other raw materials. In return, China provides loans and technical or commercial assistance. Free trade agreements, which are free trade zones, are generally outside the multilateral trading system. However, WTO members must inform the secretariat when new free trade agreements are concluded and, in principle, the texts of free trade agreements are reviewed by the Committee on Regional Trade Agreements. [11] Although a dispute in free trade areas is not the subject of litigation within the WTO`s dispute resolution body, «there is no assurance that WTO panels will comply and reject jurisdiction in a particular case.» [12] The economist has attempted to assess the extent to which free trade agreements can be considered public goods. First, they deal with a key element of free trade agreements, the system of on-board tribunals, which act as arbiters in international trade disputes. These serve as a clarification of existing statutes and international economic policies, as confirmed by trade agreements. [18] First, tariffs and other rules applicable to trade with non-parties to this free trade area in each of the parties that signed a free trade area in force at the time of the creation of this free trade area must not be higher or more restrictive than tariffs and other rules applicable in the same signatory countries prior to the creation of the free trade area. In other words, the creation of a free trade area to give preferential treatment to their members is legitimate under WTO law, but parties to a free trade area are not allowed to treat non-parties less favourably than before the creation of the territory.

A second requirement under Article XXIV is that tariffs and other trade barriers must be eliminated primarily for all trade within the free trade area. [10] In total, the United States currently has 14 trade agreements involving 20 different countries. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT 1994) initially defined free trade agreements that cover only trade in goods. [5] An agreement with a similar purpose, namely the improvement of trade in services, is referred to as the «economic integration agreement» in Article V of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). [6] However, in practice, the term is now commonly used [by whom?] to refer to agreements that concern not only goods, but also services and even investments. Environmental provisions have also become increasingly common in international investment agreements, such as free trade agreements. [7]:104 Australia`s free trade agreements in North Asia have a high utilization rate for merchandise trade.