1st Edition

The Political Economy of Transnational Governance China and Southeast Asia in the 21st Century

By Hong Liu Copyright 2022
    232 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The past two decades have witnessed far-reaching socioeconomic and political changes in Asia, such as the growing intraregional flows of capital, goods, people, and knowledge, the rise of China as the world’s second largest economy, and its increasing influence in Southeast Asia, intensified US–China confrontations in the global arena, and the onslaught of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Focusing on multidimensional interactions (including geopolitical and economic relationships, diaspora engagement, and knowledge exchange) between China and Southeast Asia, this book argues that an interwoven perspective of the political economy, transnational governance, and regional networks serves as an effective analytical framework for deciphering these transformations as well as their global and theoretical implications.

    Drawing upon a wide range of primary data and engaging with the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on contemporary Asia, this book’s thought-provoking and nuanced analyses will appeal to scholars and students in Chinese and Southeast Asian studies, international political economy, international relationships, ethnic and migration studies, and public governance.

    “The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.”

    Introduction: A Rising Asia in Three Keys

    1. Transnational Asia and Regional Networks: Toward a New Political Economy of East Asia

    2. China Engages Southeast Asia: Shifting Trajectories and Evolving Themes

    3. China’s Diaspora Policies as a New Mode of Transnational Governance

    4. The Political Economy of a Rising China in Southeast Asia: Malaysia Responds to the Belt and Road Initiative

    5. New Chinese Capitalism and ASEAN Economic Community

    6. Domesticating ‘Transnational Cultural Capital’: The Chinese State and Diasporic Entrepreneurship

    7. Global Talent Management and Higher Education Governance: The Singapore Experience in a Comparative Perspective

    8. China and the 'Singapore Model': Perspectives from Mid-level Cadres and Implications for Transnational Knowledge Transfer


    Hong Liu is Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he also serves as Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration.

    "This book discusses the political economy of transnational governance in Asia in eight well-detailed chapters. The book heavily depends on the Chinese perspective and its relationship with the world and East and Southeast Asian countries. The book’s explicit message seems to be that the importance of the Asian continent, mainly under the leading power of China, has been steadily increasing over the last three decades...  those who systematically want to comprehend the political economy of transnational governance and its multilayered dimensions in Asia will find this book of interest." - Fatih Kırşanlı, Public Choice

    "Hong Liu’s latest book on the political economy of relations between China and South-East Asia is an important contribution to the latest analyses of the rapidly changing socioeconomic and political dynamics in the region. Undergirding this study is a novel argument on multidimensional interactions between China and Southeast Asian countries. The book documents with careful detail and empirical data the complexity and depth of intraregional flow of goods, human capital, knowledge transfers and people, especially the diaspora community where locality, language and dialect, customs, cultural practices and kinship underpin the connectivity, reciprocity and network of exchanges in the region….[T]he book’s rich empirical data, interdisciplinary approach to its subject matter, and innovative and refreshing argument are important advancements and contributions to the field and for those seeking to truly understand the political economy of this vibrant part of the world." - Chin-Hao HuangThe China Quarterly