The Roots and Implications of East Asian Regionalism
ASIA-PACIFIC CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES HONOLULU HI
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Regionalism in East Asia is driven by historical patterns of cooperation, the common challenge of the West, the century-long quest for an Asian identity, and growing economic interdependence and integration. Its progress is, however, likely to be slowed by Sino-Japanese rivalry, Southeast Asias reluctance to fold itself into a larger East Asia, and public indifference. Moreover, few East Asians envision an exclusionary bloc that would leave out the United States, which remains a key economic partner and the ultimate guarantor of regional security. But even with American participation, East Asias movement toward a grouping patterned after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN or anything resembling the European Union EU community would be incremental at best.
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