Asian regional integration, which has shown remarkable progress since the end of the 1990s, is at a major crossroads. It faces confusion of and debate over the direction and effectiveness of integration as well as friction brought about by the rise of China. Meanwhile, the changing balance of power among nations, the rise of non-state actors, the internationalization of internal problems, and the internalization of international problems are rendering the cross-national structure of Asia increasingly complex and multilayered. Signs of instability of the global economy are growing, and environmental and resource challenges are deepening. East Asia needs new approaches to understanding the state of regional integration, and mechanisms to address the challenges. Draws on five years of intensive research on Asian regional integration by Waseda U, reexamines theoretical approaches to comprehending the actual state of integration in the region, and examines the state of cooperation in Asia in areas ranging from the economy to energy and the environment, security, and education. Also offers long-term historical perspectives, including those of Japan, ASEAN, and China on Asian regional integration.
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