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China and East Asia's Post-Crises Community

A Region in Flux

Wei Liang and Faizullah Khilji

China and East Asia’s Post-Crises Community: A Region in Flux, by Wei Liang and Faizullah Khilji, explores how an East Asian community is taking shape as a result of China’s emergence as a global economic power and the shocks of the financial crises emanating from the globalized financial system. Today’s East Asia shows a sharp break from the East Asia of the Cold War era, in both basis and orientation. Important elements in this shift include the regional economic integration propelled by China’s emergence as a processed manufacturing center in the world economy, the common problems posed by the working of the dollar-based international financial system, and the desire to develop institutions that help to formalize the economic integration and financial cooperation that is taking place, and may thus help protect and safeguard economic prosperity in the region. Liang and Khilji show how the approach to regional economic cooperation and developing institutions comes from the bottom up, lacking any leader nation, grand vision, or ideology. The manner in which the region comes to work together also has implications for the governance of the world economy, in particular the economic model that underlies policy formulation, the working of the international financial system, and the approach to the multilateral trading system.From a security oriented US-centric regional structure characterized as the hub and spokes system set up after the Second World War, this region is now more nearly an informal economic community, which increasingly appears to be China-centric. China and East Asia’s Post Crises Community presents one of the first attempts to weave together different strands of the current discussion to develop a framework for understanding a rapidly evolving East Asia region. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 200Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-0-7391-7082-3 • Hardback • October 2012 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-0-7391-7083-0 • eBook • October 2012 • $84.99 • (£54.95)
Wei Liang is associate professor of international policy studies and a research fellow in the Center for East Asian Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Faizullah Khilji received his D.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford. He has worked in various capacities in economic management with the Government of Pakistan.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Asian Financial Crisis and the Resort to Regional Cooperation
Chapter 3. Processed Manufacturing and Trade Cooperation
Chapter 4. The Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and China’s Response
Chapter 5. East Asian Perspectives on Economic Policies
Chapter 6. East Asia as a Community in Flux
In a series of empirically rich chapters, Wei Liang and Faizullah Khilji convincingly show how, even despite the absence of a leader and a master plan, an East Asian space formed as a result of the 1997-98 Asian Financial and 2008 Global Economic Crises, Western inertia and policy failings, East Asian successes, the rise of China-centric production networks, national interests, and the demise of traditional security imperatives, which collectively delegitimized conventional dogmas and players, and supported new forms of regional collaboration.

Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, San Francisco State University