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4 - Thick Connectivity

The Re-centering of Pacific Asia

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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Since 2008 Pacific Asia has been reconfigured as a region, with China as its center. In economics, China has been the central driver and partner in growth. In politics, China has become the central concern of its neighbors. China’s GDP surpassed Japan’s in 2000, and by 2009 it equaled the combined totals of Japan, ASEAN, and Korea. While this shows China’s demographic power, it is not simply a matter of size. Its per capita GDP is now at eye level with countries such as Malaysia and Thailand. China is again the major presence in Pacific Asia, with a majority of its population and its production. Re-centered China is quite different from premodern China. China and its region are now globally integrated, and its former, cautious thin connectivity has been replaced by assertive thick connectivity. China now tries to maximize win-win contact. However, the new asymmetries worry the neighbors. China’s challenges of integrating Greater China and avoiding hostility with Japan are vital for China’s global prospects as well as its regional stature.

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Recentering Pacific Asia
Regional China and World Order
, pp. 113 - 147
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Thick Connectivity
  • Brantly Womack, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Book: Recentering Pacific Asia
  • Online publication: 03 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393867.007
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  • Brantly Womack, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Book: Recentering Pacific Asia
  • Online publication: 03 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393867.007
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  • Thick Connectivity
  • Brantly Womack, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Book: Recentering Pacific Asia
  • Online publication: 03 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393867.007
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