The Making of Northeast Asia

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The The Making of Northeast Asia (Studies in Asian Security)
By Kent Calder,Min Ye
Stanford University Press, 2010
368 pp. $24.95
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Countering the prevailing view of Northeast Asia as constantly in crisis, Calder and Ye document the region's intensifying economic, cultural, and human interactions; its expanding financial and environmental interdependencies; and its growing policy coordination, especially among China, Japan, and South Korea. Cultural conflicts focused on Japan are fading into the background, tensions between Taiwan and mainland China have cooled, multilateral policy dialogues and other transnational institutions are becoming more common, and visionaries have proposed new transportation and energy links. Most analysts focus on how crises involving North Korea, Taiwan, or various territorial disputes could derail regional relations, but these authors focus on integrative forces that they think are quieter but more powerful: the economic pulling power of China, the cross-border interests of businesses, and the ambitions of political leaders to gain more independence from the United States.