Road to ASEAN-10: Japanese Perspectives on Economic Integration
Sekiguchi Sueo, Noda MakitoISBN: 4889070338;
Today, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is in transition. Expansion from seven to ten members with the addition of Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia (forthcoming) will likely lead to growing pains focused primarily on the different stages of development of the new members relative to the old members. Furthermore, the Asian financial crisis is testing the organization's mettle. This volume of essays by seven Japanese economists and political scientists examines the long-term prospects ofthe ASEAN-10 economies and their relations with major trading partners. It also considers the meaning for Southeast Asia of the realization of the ASEAN-10 which for the first time will unite the entire region under one institution. International and domestic politics are important factors in considering ASEAN's identity as a regional institution. Chapters deal with intra- and extraregional relations once the ASEAN-10 is realized; future relations between APEC and ASEAN; the prospects...
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