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Economic Interdependence in the Asia-Pacific Region

Towards a Yen Bloc



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Economic Interdependence in the Asia-Pacific Region by C.H. Kwan

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In 1985 the Plaza Accord established a global realignment of exchange rates. This has resulted in phenomenal economic growth and integration in the Asia-Pacific region and, in contrast, the decline of US economic hegemony. Based on these emerging trends, C.H. Kwan explores the possibility of self-sustaining growth in the Asian-Pacific area and the formation of a Yen Bloc. Economic Interdependence in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards a Yen Bloc brings an analytical approach to recent macroeconomic developments in this area and focuses on the 'real' and 'monetary' apsects of creating a Yen Bloc. The author discusses the 'real' factors of intra-regional trade and Direct Foreign Investment. This involves a study of how Japan has replaced the US as Asia's most important source of FDI, while the Asian NIEs have themselves emerged as major investors in the region. As the area becomes more economically integrated, national borders have become less of a barrier to economic activity. This integration has also been extended to include the socialist states. 'Monetary' factors are examined in the context of exchange rate fluctuations, changes in the flow of trade, balance of payments, analysis of long and short term economic trends and ultimately in the 'internationalization of the yen' or the use of the yen as the key currency in the Asia-Pacific region. The analysis is drawn across a range of countries so that chapters are organized around issues rather than individual states. The arguments are amply supported by charts and tables. Highly technical details are contained in separate appendices so as not to upset the flow of discussion. The author exploits his wide experience in both Asia and Japan to present a balanced view of this controversial subject.
Release date NZ
January 6th, 1994
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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