The proliferation of free trade agreements between different countries, the so-called “pasta shell effect”, has a negative impact on trade. However, the theory of basic games shows that they could be beneficial instead. Asian countries have seen a dramatic increase in free trade agreements since the beginning of the twenty-first century. In 2000, only three free trade agreements were in force, 37 free trade agreements were in force nine years later and 72 were under negotiation. Important hubs such as the People`s Republic of China, Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have emerged. Increasing de facto economic integration, combined with the absence of common economic institutions, has prompted Asian countries to adopt a free trade agreement policy. .