International and Regional Cooperation: Asia's Role and Responsibilities

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Peter Drysdale

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Shiro Patrick Armstrong

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: November 25, 2010

Abstract

Asia has emerged from the global financial crisis as an important stabilizing force and an engine of global economic growth. The establishment of the G-20 gives Asian economies the global forum that they need to both represent their interests in global governance and deliver on responsibilities concomitant with their growing weight in the global economy. The region has a host of cooperation arrangements in APEC, ASEAN+3, and EAS (East Asian Summit), all with ASEAN as the fulcrum. They are huge assets, but they need to be repositioned to relate effectively to the G-20 process and other global arrangements. They also need to comprehend the politics of the changing structure of regional power. This paper discusses the challenges that Asia faces in aligning regional and global objectives in financial, trade, and other areas of cooperation, such as climate change and foreign investment. It argues that Asia is now a critical player in the global system and has a central contribution to make in strengthening global governance and international policy outcomes. The paper sets out ways to fill gaps in regional cooperation and link the agenda for regional cooperation more effectively to Asia's new role globally. This is essential to sustain Asia's superior growth performance, correct imbalances, and support the global economic system.

Keywords: Asian economic cooperation, economic integration, financial cooperation, global governance, trade policy

JEL Classification: F02, F15, F33, F36, F42, F53, F55, F59

Suggested Citation

Drysdale, Peter and Armstrong, Shiro Patrick, International and Regional Cooperation: Asia's Role and Responsibilities (November 25, 2010). Asian Economic Policy Review, Vol. 5, Issue 2, pp. 157-173, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1733808 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-3131.2010.01157.x

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