ASEAN-China Economic Relations

ASEAN-China Economic Relations
Saw Swee-Hock, editor
Date of publication:  2006
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  376
Code:  PIC154
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ISBN: 9789812304223
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ISBN: 9789812304087
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"The volume is well-organized and useful not only to the study of economic issues involving China and ASEAN, but it is also pertinent to the work of scholars and public officials who deal with other parts of global economy. No global scholar can comfortably ignore a volume that links the economic lives of more than two billion people (including in China, the world's most populated country, in Indonesia the fifth most lived-in country as well as Viet Nam, the world's ten most populated nation). The book's contents avoid trivia while presenting serious analyses of an array of historical, theoretical and empirical topics. The volume will not only interest professional scholars but could also provide an assigned reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Asian Studies programs. Business executives and senior staff persons, public officials and policy-makers will also find the book's contents useful and instructive. A strong components to the book are its extensive bibliography and its useful list of websites" (Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations).

"The volume's content reflects the expertise of its authors whose backgrounds are mostly, economics, economic history, international political economy and/or business. Readers will find a useful overview of current economic relations and areas to consider for future attention. Some common themes emerge from these chapters. First, there is an agreement that ASEAN-China economic relations are relatively good and represent an area of dynamism and growth. Second, the authors see uneven development, both across sectors and across Southeast Asia. A third, notable theme is a particular strength of this volume: the interconnectedness of ASEAN-China economic relations with the global economy. Finally, there appears to be notable agreement that ASEAN-China economic relations will likely remain uneven, unequal, and even stunted if ASEAN states do not act with greater unity. The volume is a good overview of an economic relationship that is today more complex, interdependent and nuanced. Indeed, as a joint effort between ASEAN's and China's epistemic communities, the volume is itself a product and expression of the growing linkages, synergies and collaborations between China and ASEAN" (Pacific Affairs).

"This book analyses the economic relations between China and ASEAN -- especially after the East Asian financial crisis -- from the viewpoint of business networks, trade relations, services, finance, investment, energy, and economic aid; but the core topic of this book is the China-ASEAN FTA, which is discussed in depth in Chapters 6 and 7, written by Lu and Wang, respectively. The discussion of the diverse matters concerning economic cooperation between China and ASEAN will be most helpful for readers interested in the foreign economic policies of China or ASEAN" (Asian-Pacific Economic Literature).

About the publication

This book, a project of the ASEAN-China Study Programme of ISEAS, examines the rapidly expanding economic relations between ASEAN and China in recent years. The fifteen chapters discuss in considerable detail these relations in terms of many important topics such as trade, the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), investments, services trade, energy cooperation, cooperation in developing the Mekong Sub-region, Chinas aid to Southeast Asian countries, developing stronger business networks, and the political dimensions of Chinas economic relations with ASEAN. The economic challenges, competition, and opportunities in the various sectors of the two economies are examined in the context of the dynamic development of China, and the inevitable globalization taking place nowadays. The book, with contributions from experts in the various topics covered, will be invaluable to businessmen, analysts, academics, students, and policy-makers.


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