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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 August 2023

Brantly Womack
Affiliation:
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Wang Gungwu
Affiliation:
National University of Singapore
Wu Yu-Shan
Affiliation:
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Qin Yaqing
Affiliation:
China Foreign Affairs University
Evelyn Goh
Affiliation:
Australian National University
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Summary

Pacific Asia, comprised of Northeast Asia, Greater China, and Southeast Asia, has surpassed the combined production of the United States and Europe, and its intraregional economic cohesiveness exceeds that of either the EU or North America. Pacific Asia has emerged gradually and without major conflict, but it should be taken seriously as a region. China is primarily a regional power, but in a prosperous region deeply interconnected to the rest of the world. The United States tends to view China as a lone global competitor, but its global presence and strength rest on its centrality to Pacific Asia. Understanding China in its region is the first task of this book, followed by the challenge of rethinking the global order in terms of a multinodal matrix rather than a bipolar competition of great powers. This requires background on the evolution of the Pacific Asian configuration, including China’s premodern centrality as well as the splintering of the region by European colonialism. Rethinking is aided by commentaries from four of Asia’s leading thinkers about international relationships.

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Recentering Pacific Asia
Regional China and World Order
, pp. 1 - 22
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Introduction
  • Brantly Womack, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Book: Recentering Pacific Asia
  • Online publication: 03 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393867.001
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  • Introduction
  • Brantly Womack, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Book: Recentering Pacific Asia
  • Online publication: 03 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393867.001
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  • Introduction
  • Brantly Womack, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Book: Recentering Pacific Asia
  • Online publication: 03 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393867.001
Available formats
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