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Title: What motivates regional financial cooperation in East Asia today? 
Author: Amyx, Jennifer Ann
Date: 2005
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Abstract: Regional financial cooperation in East Asia is proceeding with unprecedented intensity. Latest developments include two Asian Bond Funds, created by the regional central bankers group, and an Asian Bond Markets Initiative launched by the finance ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations member states plus China, Japan, and South Korea (or ASEAN+3). Some observers continue to attribute such cooperation to sharpened antagonism between East Asia and the West since the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98. But this view overlooks a key internal driver: China's shift to a more proactive stance toward regional cooperation. Far from demonstrating an antagonism toward market-based financial systems, ASEAN+3 members are embracing more liberal rules for economic interaction in their creation of regional bond funds and markets. Financial cooperation in East Asia is today motivated by factors that differ considerably from those observed in the immediate aftermath of the Asian financial crisis and the implications extend beyond East Asia.
Series/Report No.: AsiaPacific issues ; no. 76
Description: For more about the East-West Center, see http://www.eastwestcenter.org/
Pages/Duration: 8 pages
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3797
LC Subject Headings: Asian cooperation
East Asia - Economic integration
Regionalism - Economic aspects - East Asia

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    Papers in the AsiaPacific Issues series address topics of broad interest and significant impact relevant to current and emerging policy debates. These eight-page, peer-reviewed papers are accessible to readers outside the author's discipline.

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