Political Conflict and Economic Integration
Edited by Jehoon Park, T. J. Pempel and Gérard Roland
Chapter 3: Northeast Asian Security Regionalism: A Chinese Perspective
Yongtao Liu INTRODUCTION Regionalism is among the few conceptions in social sciences that have regained attraction since the 1990s. Evidence is that people have taken increasing interest in the the process of Northeast Asian regionalism, and endeavors have been made conceptually and empirically in International Relations (IR) to improve our awareness and understanding of this fascinating trend in the region (Akaha, 1999; Kim, 2004; Rozman, 2004; Armstrong et al., 2006; Su, 2006; Sun and Chen, 2006; Wang, 2006). Indeed, within Northeast Asia in the twenty-ﬁrst century, regionalism is a process that is expected, among others, to deal with emerging challenges and to seize new opportunities by acting as an intermediate linkage between the national level that countries in the region are starting to transcend and the global level that they are beginning to embrace. It is natural and convenient to think of regionalism in Northeast Asia in the context of the unprecedented interdependence of economics and trade as well as the increasingly linked social practices that have been achieved among the nations in the region. The process of economic regionalism in Northeast Asia is encouraging and illustrative, partly because of its unusual signiﬁcance and dynamism, and partly because it is one aspect of regional integration in which it is easy and relatively comfortable for the nations in the region to share common interests and reach a consensus. As a grand regional project, however, Northeast Asian regionalism, if it is to be broad and open, is not limited to...
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