1st Edition

Korea in the New Asia
East Asian Integration and the China Factor

Edited By

Francoise Nicolas

ISBN 9780415547062
Published April 29, 2009 by Routledge
192 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Since the late 1970s a number of regional developments have impacted upon South Korea’s political and economic standing in Asia. China’s spectacular growth and closer integration with its neighbouring economies, along with a tendency toward more assertive political and diplomatic activity, have deeply altered both the economic and political East Asian environment. Simultaneously, the 1997-98 financial crisis catalysed a process of increased regional co-operation in East Asia. China’s rise has imposed a leadership problem that may constitute a major obstacle on the road to deeper regional integration, as well as add force to the need for collective action, and it is this paradox that may give South Korea a key role in the reorganization of the region. Moreover, inter-Korean relations and Korea’s future security environment may also feel the effects of the rise of China.

Korea in the New Asia seeks to analyze to what extent and how South Korea may contribute to, and take advantage of, the new regional configuration in East Asia. The book represents the first study to address Korea’s regional policy responses to the rise of China as an economic power and the regional economic integration of East Asia.

Written by an international team of experts, this multidisciplinary study will appeal to researchers, academics and students with an interest in international relations, security studies, economics and East Asian politics.


Table of Contents

Introduction; ONE Korea in the New Asia, Sophie Boisseau du Rocher, Françoise Nicolas; TWO Korean perceptions of China’s rise in East Asia, Suk Hee Han;

Part I. Korea, China, and East Asian economic integration;THREE Korea’s regional economic strategy in response to the rise of China,Françoise Nicolas; FOUR Financial integration in East Asia: which role for Korea? , Heungchong Kim and Yunjong Wang; FIVE Integration? What Integration? - Monetary co-operation in East Asia, the rise of China and implications for Korea, Ulrich Volz

Part II. A new regional policy for Korea; SIX Korea’s contribution to the emerging regional architecture in East Asia: An assessment, Jaewoo Choo and Sophie Boisseau du Rocher; SEVEN China’s ascendancy and the future of the Korean Peninsula, Taeho Kim; EIGHT China and the United States: the new power configuration in East Asia and South Korea’s regional policy, Changsu Kim; NINE China and South Korea’s future strategy, Robert Dujarric

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Françoise Nicolas is a Senior Researcher at the Centre Asie of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Paris, and an Assistant Professor at Marne-la-Vallée University (France).