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The Asia-Pacific, Regionalism and the Global System

The Asia-Pacific, Regionalism and the Global System

Edited by Christopher M. Dent and Jörn Dosch

The expert contributors shed critical light on how significant developments are impacting on the global system. In particular, they consider emerging forms of global governance, and how the Asia-Pacific as a region, individual countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and the US, and regional organisations and forums like APEC are shaping the world. Uniquely, the discussion is not limited to East Asia but also takes Latin America prominently into the equation.

Chapter 1: The Asia-Pacific, Regionalism and the Global System: An Introduction

Jörn Dosch and Christopher M. Dent

Subjects: asian studies, asian economics, asian urban and regional studies, development studies, development studies, economics and finance, asian economics


Jörn Dosch and Christopher M. Dent THE ASIA-PACIFIC IN THE WORLD 1. Ever since the Asia-Pacific transformed from an ‘institutional desert’ into one of the most networked areas in the world, questions of the region’s future and the future of the global system have become closely intertwined. The Asia-Pacific area, the world’s largest ‘trans-region’, comprises three main regional constituents: East Asia, Pacific America (North and Latin American nations with a Pacific coast) and Oceania, for example Australia and New Zealand. It hosts around a half of the world’s population and accounts for a similar proportion of the global economy. Individual countries from the region have significant global impact. The Asia-Pacific contains the world’s three biggest economies (the United States, China and Japan), the world’s largest military power (the US) and the world’s most populous nation (China). The region is also home to eight of the world’s ten largest military forces. Meetings between the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum – the world’s largest regional grouping – represent an important global constituency in a world increasingly defined and structured around regions, regional communities and regional powers. Recent and future endeavours to build a ‘Pacific Community’ could have a profound effect on all countries. In fact, it was the founding of APEC in 1989 that triggered a novel process of institution-building and regionalism in the Asia-Pacific that was distinctly different from European experiences1 and seemed to provide answers for the then emerging ‘new world order’, a term coined by...