The Rise of China in East Asian Regional Integration: Opportunities, Constraints and Challenges

The IUP Journal of International Relations, Vol. IV, No. 3, pp. 29-49, July 2010

Posted: 6 Aug 2010

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Li Xing

Aalborg University

Zhang Shengjun

Beijing Normal University

Abstract

The paper aims at analyzing China’s role in regional integration in East Asia. The rise of China is generally seen as an integrative force in promoting regional integration through trade promotion and institutionalization of multilateral cooperation. The dynamics and opportunities brought about by the rise of China can be seen from a number of perspectives. There are some on-going sub-regional economic integration processes and progresses between China and Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). However, the challenge facing East Asia is the fact that China’s increasingly dominant role in the region has raised a concern over its uttermost intention and political objective, which may constitute an unknown factor on the process of regional integration in East Asia. For this reason China needs to further improve its soft power in the region. Finally, the paper examines many fundamental differences as well as deep-seated difficulties and obstacles between countries in the region which make the regional integration process in East Asia an uneasy task for the time being. These gaps are too wide to be bridged, such as vast diversities of economic developmental level, political system, cultural value, security concern, and the indispensable role of the US.

Suggested Citation

Xing, Li and Shengjun, Zhang, The Rise of China in East Asian Regional Integration: Opportunities, Constraints and Challenges. The IUP Journal of International Relations, Vol. IV, No. 3, pp. 29-49, July 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1653633

Li Xing (Contact Author)

Aalborg University ( email )

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Zhang Shengjun

Beijing Normal University ( email )

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