1st Edition

China and East Asian Regionalism
Economic and Security Cooperation and Institution-Building

Edited By

Suisheng Zhao

ISBN 9781138852440
Published November 10, 2014 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

To convey the image of a responsible power willing to contribute to regional stability and cooperation, China has shifted from a single-minded preference for bilateralism to an active participation in East Asian regionalism in the recent decades. This development has inspired discussions over whether a rising China could play a leadership role in building an institutionalized architecture for regional cooperation in East Asia. Nevertheless, this has not happened as East Asian regional cooperation and relevant activities remain mostly ad hoc and informal, especially when compared to regions such as Europe.

To what extent has China contributed or constrained the development of regionalism in East Asia? What are China’s desired roles and objectives in East Asian regional cooperation? What is the level of trust that other regional players have for China in regional cooperation? This book seeks answers to these questions by exploring China’s motivations and strategic calculations as well as its policy practices in East Asian economic and security cooperation.

This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary China.

Table of Contents

Part 1: China’s Strategic Thinking on East Asian Regionalism  1. China’s Approach toward Regional Cooperation in East Asia: Motivations and Calculations  2. Post Cold War Evolution of Chinese Thinking on Regional Institutions in Northeast Asia  3. Between Adapting and Shaping: China’s Role in Asian Regional Cooperation  4. The Rise of China and the Vision for an East Asian Community  Part 2: China and Regional Economic and Trade Cooperation  5. Domestic Institutional Constraints on China’s Leadership in East Asian Economic Cooperation Mechanisms  6. Multilateralism vs. Regionalism in China’s Foreign Trade Policy: Explaining China’s Pursuit of Regional Free Trade Agreements  7. ASEAN-China Trade Flows: Moving Forward with ACFTA  8. A Chinese Renaissance in an Unremittingly Integrating Asian Economy  Part 3: China and Regional Security and Energy Cooperation  9. China, the United States and Prospects for Asian Space Cooperation  10. China's Role in Establishing and Building the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)  11. China and Maritime Cooperation in East Asia: Recent Developments and Future Prospects  12. US-China Energy Relations and Energy Institution Building in the Asia-Pacific

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Suisheng Zhao is Professor and Executive Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. A founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China, he is the author and editor of more than ten books.


"The research contained within this volume can definitely help readers to understand the change and consistency of China's approach toward regionalism that constitutes the essence behind these new strategies. The works showcased in this collection are a great boon to those interested in the topic of Chinese and East Asian regionalism and integration as they ultimately promote the transparency of this critical region and thus facilitate greater communication and cooperation".

- Xiaoyun Liu

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