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Title: Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation and Asian Regional Integration: Why joint participation of China and Taiwan is good for them and the region?
Authors: Chuang, Yih-chyi
Chuang, Yih-chyi
Contributors: 經濟系
Keywords: Cross-strait economic relations;regional economic integration;production network and sharing;RCEP;TPP
Date: 2015-04
Issue Date: 2016-03-16 15:45:23 (UTC+8)
Abstract: This chapter investigates the evolution of cross-strait economic relations and Asian regional integration and its implications for future development in the region. Trade and investment in Asia is fundamentally market-driven, and cross-border FDI is the major driving force. This investment-induced trade explained the cross-strait economic relations and intensive trade in intra-industry and intra-regional trade in Asia. The rise of China in 1990s with the assistance of Taiwanese firms further accelerated the trend of integration by forming regional production networks. However, after 2000 institutional arrangement like bilateral or plural-lateral FTA emerged to normalize and institutionalize the de facto economic integration. RCEP and TPP have evolved as the two major platforms for Asian regional cooperation with two key players, China and the United States, on each side. We argue that in the long run the win-win solution that the two platforms will further merge into FTAAP, which benefits all participants including China and the United States. However, in the short run, based on its 50 years of developmental experience, Taiwan can play an important role to promote and consolidate Asian regional integration as a technology provider and resource coordinator for the region and a risk buffer for entering Chinese market. We thus propose a roadmap for Taiwan and China to jointly participate in regional integration process. In the intermediate run, Asian economies need to change the structure toward more regional-centered trade in final goods through domestic consumption market in order to reduce the dependence on Western markets and mitigate any loss may arise from external shocks.
Relation: Asian Leadership in Policy and Governance, Emerald Publishers, 1-34
Data Type: book/chapter
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