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China and Asian Regionalism

A conference is to be held on 7 and 8 January 2005 in Shanghai, China, organised by Fudan University| in Shanghai, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Sciences Po| in Paris.

China is becoming a new driving force behind globalisation as well as regionalisation. In East Asia, China has signed free trade agreement with ASEAN countries. Its coastal provinces have been actively pushing for various forms of subregional arrangements. Furthermore, China is proposing an eventual China-Japan-Korea free trade area.

As China moves from being a passive participant of trade liberalising regional and global regimes to a proactive free trade promoter, this raises many questions. What are the forces behind China's new regional initiatives? How far have these arrangements developed so far? What are the main obstacles to Asian regionalism? What roles do non-Asian major powers play in this process? Could the European model of regionalism be relevant to East Asia?

To address these issues, three universities are pooling their expertise to organise the China and Asia Regionalism conference in January 2005. The conference will have five panels:

  • European and Asian Regionalism: theoretical perspectives
  • China-ASEAN FTA
  • China and regionalism in North-east Asia
  • China and Subregionalism
  • Non-Asian Powers and Asian Regionalism

At LSE, the Asia Research Centre| is coordinating the conference, which is part of LSE's wider Asia strategy encompassing intellectual collaborations, alumni networks and student recruitment across the region.

The Centre's director Dr Christopher Hughes| said: 'We plan for the conference to become an annual joint event between Fudan, Sciences Po and LSE in the field of international relations. The idea is for the conference to be held alternately in Shanghai, Paris and London, with papers published following each event.'  


To attend the conference, email: Chen Zhimin, chair and professor, Department of International Politics
School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, at zhmchen@fudan.edu.cn| 

14 December 2004