Regional Community Building in East Asia: Countries in Focus

regional community east asia

Edited by Lee Lai To and Zarina Othman

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Description

This volume is a collection of papers written by nationals or former nationals of their respective countries in ASEAN and Northeast Asia. Unlike other works written by scholars outside ASEAN or East Asia, it offers an insider’s point of view of the 10 ASEAN states, China, Japan and South Korea on regional community building. While a nationalist perspective may permeate throughout the study, it is also clear that pursuing regional cooperation is considered to be important by the chapter authors, denoting the non-exclusivity between nationalism and regionalism and the mutual reinforcement of the two.

Each author of this volume has made a deliberate effort to introduce and survey the developmental challenges and experiences of his or her country from a historical perspective. All authors, without exception, have emphasized the importance and advantages in staying with ASEAN or the linking of ASEAN with China, Japan and South Korea in political-security, economic and socio-cultural terms. Their papers also reveal that the self-help and self-strengthening mechanism emphasized by the ASEAN Plus Three process will take time to bear fruit. In the meantime, it seems that bilateral interactions and cooperation between ASEAN and Northeast Asian states remain very dominant as shown in this study. One can argue that bilateral interactions are the building blocks of multilateral interactions. To be sure, there is a deliberate effort in this study to highlight ‘unity in diversity’ in East Asia in general and ASEAN in particular.

Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Foreword
Preface
List of abbreviations

Introduction
LEE LAI TO

1. Brunei Darussalam: Participation in ASEAN and ASEAN Plus Three
AZAHARAINI HJ. MOHD JAMIL

2. Cambodia: From isolation to involvement in regional community building
SORPONG PEOU

3. Indonesia: Maintaining a leading role in the making of the ASEAN and APT community
MANGADAR SITUMORANG

4. Laos: Economic and social development towards the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)
PHOUPHET KYOPHILAVONG, SOMCHITH SOUKSAVATH AND SENGCHANH CHANTHASENE

5. Malaysia and the development of Asian regionalism
NOR AZIZAN IDRIS AND ZARINA OTHMAN

6. The Republic of Union of Myanmar and the ASEAN and APT processes
MAUNG MAUNG SOE

7. The Philippines: Everything in place
JOSE RHOMMEL B. HERNANDEZ

8. Singapore: The dynamics of city state development and relations with ASEAN and APT
KONG CHONG HO

9. Thailand: Political, economic, and social development towards a closer community
PINN SIRAPRAPASIRI

10. Vietnam in ASEAN Plus Three: Cooperation for a better future
NGUYEN HONG SON

11. China: An emerging power in the making of the APT community
WEI MIN

12. Japan: Living in and with Asia
SACHIKO HIRAKAWA

13. Major Perspectives of South Korea and ASEAN Cooperation
PAN SUK KIM

Appendix 1: Regional map
Appendix 2: Country surveys
Appendix 3: Timeline of key ASEAN milestones
Appendix 4: Timeline of key ASEAN+3 milestones
Index

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