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East Asian ideas of regionalism: a normative critique

journal contribution
posted on 01.03.2004, 00:00 authored by Baogang HeBaogang He
With an increasing regional integration and development, there are many competing ideas of, and proposals for, regional development in Asia. This article examines the historical evolution of the idea of regionalism, the meanings of Asian regionalisms, variations of Asian regionalisms and their impact on regional cooperation in East Asia. It discusses Mahathir's idea of neo-Asianism, Japanese new Asianism, Chinese ideas of regionalism, and variations of Korean ideas of regionalism. It also examines a normative basis of regionalism with special reference to the sovereignty question. The paper concludes that behind East Asian regionalism is nationalism which constitutes driving forces for regionalism; that two competing orders (Asia-Pacific regionalism versus pan-Asianism) create different expectations and visions of how East Asia region should evolve and they are in tensions and lead to different directions; and that East Asia lacks a convincing and acceptable normative framework.

History

Journal

Australian journal of international affairs

Volume

58

Issue

1

Pagination

105 - 125

Publisher

Carfax Publishing

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1035-7718

eISSN

1465-332X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2004, Australian Institute of International Affairs