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Regional Cooperation and China's Strategy Towards East Asia

Author: Liu Qianqian

ISBN: 9781844642274

EBook ISBN: 9781844642281

Hardback - 200 pages


£65 €78 $98



China’s strategy towards East Asian regional cooperation since the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98 Since the Asian Financial Crisis of ’97-98 China has taken a leading role in East Asian economic cooperation initiatives, centred around the powerful ASEAN Plus Three mechanism (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus South Korea, Japan and China). This brand new book from the International Poverty Reduction Centre of China’s Qianqian Liu outlines exactly how and why China has pursued economic and diplomatic cooperation throughout the post-crisis years. Methodical and richly detailed, it offers a unique empirical analysis of China’s actions and involvements with ASEAN Plus Three and the East Asian Summit. Author Qianqian Liu’s integrated theoretical approach captures and pieces together the intricacies of Chinese interactions with its East Asian partners – enabling the reader to better understand the dynamics of China’s regional behaviour and foreign policy. Together with research-based insight and data covering all aspects of this critical subject, the author proposes two key assertions. Firstly that China-US relations have played a significant part in China’s increasingly cooperative approach to China-East Asia relations. And secondly, that China has maximised mechanisms of regional economic cooperation as a means of enhancing its influence in East Asia. Key features and benefits: - Unveils China’s perspectives on regional cooperation by extensively exploring Chinese source material and materials – information only now available thanks to increased openness and liberalisation - Offers a key contribution to wider theoretical debates on China’s rise and regional intensions - Examines the vital interconnections between the key contemporary International Relations theories – realism, liberalism and constructivism - rather than examining them as separate elements to help fully explain China’s strategies and goals - Analytical coverage of China’s involvement with both ASEAN Plus Three and the East Asia Summit - Offers comparisons between European regionalism and East Asian regionalism - Reveals Chinese perspectives on how China-US relations have helped shape China’s approach to East Asia economic cooperation Regional Cooperation and China’s Strategy Towards East Asia is published as part of a brand new series from Paths International, China and International Organisations Series. Published in association with China’s Social Sciences Academic Press.


Contents: 1, Introduction 2, The Historical Development of East Asia and the Rise of China before 1997 3, The Asian Financial Crisis, China’s Accession to the WTO and China’s Participation in Regional Cooperation from 1997 to 1999 4, China’s Regional Strategy from the end of 1999 to the end of 2005 5, China’s Participation in Regional Cooperation in East Asia from the end of 2005 to mid-2009 6, Conclusions

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