SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentJunior Class of Department of Diplomacy
Course NameAsian Economic Integration
InstructorLIOU TO-HAI
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Group setup: China panel; ASEAN panel; South Korea panel; Japan panel (EPA) ; US panel (TPP); India panel (CEPA); Australia panel; New Zealand panel

Format: 1) goals, 2) means, 3) policy contents & priorities, 4) implementation and evaluation, 5) implications.

Cross-Fire: China vs. US; South Korea vs. Japan; ASEAN vs. India; Australia vs. New Zealand

3. individual paper presentation and 4. written paper (this paper is supposed to be related to your group affiliation. If you are in the China group, you may write a paper on Sino-North Korea relations from the Chinese perspective.)

Lec 1 Introduction : Research Skills Proquest

David Shambaugh and Michael Yahuda (ed) International Relations of Asia, Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008.

A. Milner, “Asia-Pacific Perceptions of the Financial Crisis: Lessons and Affirmations”, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 25, no. 2 (2003): 284-305.

Hidetaka, Yoshimatsu. “Political Leadership, Informality, and Regional Integration in East Asia: The Evolution of ASEAN Plus Three,” European journal of East Asian studies, 2005, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 205-232

Donald C Hellmann, “A Decade After the Asian Financial Crisis: Regionalism and International Architecture in a Globalized World,” Asian Survey: Nov/Dec 2007. Vol. 47, Iss. 6; p. 834 (16 pages)

Lec 2 The Evolution of Asian Economic Integration

Ramkishen S. Rajan, “Trade liberalization and the New Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific: taking stock of recent events,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 2005 5: 217-233.

Mireya Solís, The Political Economy of Regionalism in East Asia: Integrative Explanation for Dynamics and Challenges,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (Oxford Journals) March 2009 9: 368-371.

Markus Hund. “ASEAN Plus Three: towards a new age of pan-East Asian regionalism? A Skeptic’s Appraisal” The Pacific Review, Vol. 16 No. 3 2003: 383-417.

Christopher M. Dent, East Asian Regionalism, New York: Routledge, 2008.

Lec 3 Taiwan’s FTA Policy

To-hai Liou, 2016, “Taiwan's Role in the Enhancing Asia-Europe Economic Interactions,The Current Issues of Economic and Social Integration in Hungary and Taiwan, Proceedings of the Scientific Conference of Budapest Business School-University of Applied Sciences, pp. 32-44.

Robert S. Ross, “Explaining Taiwan's Revisionist Diplomacy,” Journal of Contemporary China, August 2006, Vol. 15, No. 48, pp. 443-458,

Christopher M. Dent, “Taiwan and the New Regional Political Economy of East Asia,” The China Quarterly, Jun 2005, pp. 385-406.

To-hai Liou, 2009,A Taiwanese Perspective on the DPRK’s Nuclear Test,” The Icfai University Journal of International Relations, January, Vol. III, No.1, pp.48-64.

Honigmann Hong, “Taiwan’s Approach to FTA,” Taiwanese Journal of WTO Studies, Vol.II, 2005, pp. 128-166.

Steve Chan, “Commerce between rivals: realism, liberalism, and credible communication across the Taiwan Strait,” International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Sep 2009. Vol. 9, No. 3; pp. 435-468.

To-hai Liou, 2010,Cross-Straits Economic Relations under Ma Ying-jeou,” Trading Arrangements in the Pacific Rim(Oxford University Press), Vol. 4, September, 1-29.


Lec 4 China’s approach to Asian economic integration

To-hai Liou, "Asia’s Response to China’s FTA Strategy: Implications for Asian Economic Integration," Journal of East Asian Affairs, Spring/Summer 2007, pp. 195-232.;jsessionid=049CCDBFDE9AA68D5E193D4FE2EC1D47?metaCode=en_m_pub&boardId=82ac7629036b792536928154

Juliana W Chen, “Achieving Supreme Excellence: How China Is Using Agreements with ASEAN to Overcome Obstacles to Its Leadership in Asian Regional Economic Integration,” Chicago Journal of International LawWinter 2007. Vol. 7, No. 2; p. 655 (20 pages)


Ming Wan, “The Great Recession and China's Policy Toward Asian Regionalism,”Asian Survey. Berkeley: May/Jun 2010. Vol. 50, No. 3; pp. 520-538.

Lim Tin Seng, China’s Active Role in the Greater Mekong Sub-region: Challenge to construct a ‘win-win’ relationship,” East Asian Policy (the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore): Jan-March 2009. Vol. 1, No. 1; pp. 38-49.

C. P. F. Luhulima, "Preventive Diplomacy: ASEAN Perspectives," The Indonesian Quarterly, Vol. 36(1) CSIS, Jakarta, March 2008.

Lec 5 ASEAN approach to Asian economic integration I

Sheldon Simon, ASEAN and Multilateralism: The Long, Bumpy Road to Community1, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Singapore: Aug 2008. Vol. 30, No. 2; p. 264-292.

Rodolfo C Severino, “ASEAN Beyond Forty: Towards Political and Economic Integration,” Contemporary Southeast Asia, Singapore: Dec 2007. Vol. 29, No.3; pp. 406-423.

Christopher M. Dent, “The New Economic Bilateralism in Southeast Asia: Region- Convergent or Region-Divergent?International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Oxford: Feb 1, 2006. Vol. 6, Iss. 1; p. 81

Lec 6 ASEAN approach to Asian economic integration II

Evelyn Goh, “Southeast Asian perspectives on the China challenge,” Journal of Strategic Studies. London: Aug 2007, “ Vol. 30, Iss. 4/5; p. 809-832.

John David Ciorciari, “The balance of great-power influence in contemporary Southeast Asia,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific Oxford: Jan 2009. Vol. 9, No. 1; pp. 157-196.

Nick Bisley, East Asia's Changing Regional Architecture: Towards an East Asian Economic Community? Pacific Affairs. Vancouver: Winter 2007/2008. Vol. 80, No. 4; pp. 603-625.

Dennis Arnold, “Free Trade Agreements and Southeast Asia1,” Journal of Contemporary Asia, Oxfordshire: 2006. Vol. 36, Iss. 2; p. 195 (22 pages)

Lec 7 South Korea’s approach to Asian economic integration I

To-hai Liou, “South Korea’s FTA Strategy,” Foreign Trade ReviewIndian Institute of Foreign Trade, April-June 2008, Vol. XLIII, No. 1, pp. 42-65.

Won-Mog Choi, “Legal Analysis of Korea-ASEAN Regional Trade Integration1,” Journal of World Trade. New York: Jun 2007. Vol. 41, Iss. 3; pp. 581-604.

Sang-bok Moon, Im-jae Cho, The Role of Domestic Factors in International Trade Policy: Demystifying the Sudden Start of the Korea-U.S. FTA,” Korea Observer: Autumn 2009. Vol. 40, No. 3; pp. 587-614.

Lec 8 South Korea’s approach to Asian economic integration II

Won-mog Choi, “Aggressive Regionalism in Korea-U.S. FTA: The Present and Future of Korea's FTA Policy,” Journal of International Economic Law. Oxford: Sep 2009. Vol. 12, Iss. 3; p. 595 (21 pages)

Jung Taik Hyun, “Free Trade Agreements and Korea's Trade Policy,” Journal of International and Area Studies. Seoul: Dec 2003. Vol. 10, Iss. 2; pp. 21-38.

Lec 9 Japan’s EPA Policy I

Hank Lim, “Japan and the Asian Newly Industrializing Economics,” in Harry H. Kendall and Clara Joewono (eds) Japan, ASEAN, and the United States, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 1991.

Yul Sohn, “Japan's New Regionalism: China Shock, Values, and the East Asian Community," Asian Survey, May/Jun 2010. Vol. 50, No. 3; pp. 497-519.

Mike M Mochizuki. (2007). “Japan's shifting strategy toward the rise of ChinaJournal of Strategic Studies. ”Asia Survey: Aug 2007. Vol. 30, No. 4/5.

Mid term

Lec 10 Japan’s EPA Policy II

Hidetaka Yoshimatsu, “Japan's Keidanren and Free Trade Agreements: Societal Interests and Trade Policy,” Asian Survey, April 2005, Vol. 45, No. 2: 258-278.

Hidetaka Yoshimatsu, Patrick Ziltener, “Japan's FTA Strategy toward Highly Developed Countries: Comparing Australia's and Switzerland's Experiences, 2000-09,” Asian Survey, November/December 2010. Vol. 50, No. 6; p. 1058-1081.

Lec 11 US FTA Strategy (FTAAP and TPP)

John Ravenhill and Ann Capling, 'Multilateralising regionalism: what role for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?', Pacific Review, vol. 24, no. 5, 2011, pp. 553-575.

Ranald, Patricia. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Contradictions in Australia and in the Asia Pacific Region The Economic and Labour Relations Review : ELRR22. 1 (May 2011): 81-98.

Hsieh, Pasha L. The Roadmap for a Prospective US-ASEAN FTA: Legal and Geopolitical Considerations Journal of World Trade46. 2 (Apr 2012): 367-395.

Lewis, Meredith Kolsky.THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP: NEW PARADIGM OR WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING? Boston College International and Comparative Law Review34. 1 (Winter 2011): 27-52.

Jeffrey J. Schott, Free Trade Agreements: US Strategies and Priorities, The Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2004

Lec 12 India CEPA policy

To-hai Liou, 2013, “India’s Approach to Asian Economic Integration,” Chapter 7, The Rise of India印度崛起, Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University, pp. 154-186.

Jojin V. John, “From Strategic Partnership to Special Strategic Partnership: India-South Korea Relations in 21st Century,” The Journal of International Relations, No. XXXXIII, 2017, pp. 49-70.

Biswajit Nag and Debashis Charaborty, “India’s approach to Asian Economic Integration,” Taiwanese Journal of WTO Studies, Vol.V, 2006, pp. 67-127.

Tai Wei LIM, The Rise of China and India: Geo-political Narratives from the Singapore Perspective,” China: An International Journal (CIJ), Volume: 7, Issue: 1 (March 2009)

Kasturi Das, GATS 2000 Negotiations and India: Evolution and State of Play,” Journal of World Trade, New York: December 2007, Vol. 41, No. 6; pp. 1185-1237.

Shadan Farasat, India's Quest for Regional Trade Agreements: Challenges Ahead,” Journal of World Trade, New York: June 2008, Vol. 42, No. 3; pp. 433-460.

V. S. Seshadri, “Evolution in India's Regional Trading Arrangements,” Journal of World Trade, October 2009, Vol. 43, No. 5; pp. 903-926.

To-hai Liou, 2009,India’s Response to China’s Proactive FTA Strategy,” One-dot Center Occasional Working Papers Series in International Governance, Regimes and Globalization, No.2 (October), 3, pp. 3-18.

Suparna Karmakar,India-Singapore CECA — Limited gains in services,”

David Brewster, “India's Developing Relationship with South Korea: A Useful Friend in East Asia,” Asian Survey, March/April 2010, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 402-425.

Lec 13 Australia’s Approach to FTA

To-hai Liou, “An Analysis of FTA-Centered South Korea-Australia Economic Relations,” The Journal of International Relations, No. XXXXII, 2016, pp. 65-96.

John Ravenhill, “Australia and East Asian Regionalism,” Taiwanese Journal of WTO Studies, Vol.II, 2005, pp. 1-36.[1].htm

John Ravenhill, Preferential trade agreements and the future of Australian trade policy Australian Journal of International Affairs, Volume 62, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 121-128.

Jiro Okamoto, Australia's Foreign Economic Policy and ASEAN, ISEAS / IDE-JETRO(Japan External Trade Organization), 2010.

Malcolm Bosworth, “AUSFTA and Services Liberalization – Was it Worth the Effort?Taiwanese Journal of WTO Studies, Vol. 11, 2008, pp. 101-122.

Curtis Andressen, Australia-ASEAN Relations under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd,” Taiwanese Journal of WTO Studies, No. 12,

Dan Halvorson and O. Yul Kwon, “The Interface between Australia-Korea Economic Relations and Security Policy,” The Journal of East Asian Affairs, Fall/Winter 2010, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 51-81.

Lec 14 New Zealand FTA policy

Gordon Anderson, “Free Trade Agreements: New Zealand's Experience in the Asia-Paific Region,” Taiwanese Journal of WTO Studies, Vol.XI, 2008, pp. 63-100.

Lec 15 Oral presentation (20 minutes for each presenter, ten minutes for each presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A)

Lec 16 Oral presentation

Lec 17 Oral presentation

Lec 18 Oral presentation

Students are required to prepare for group debate, individual paper oral presentation and written paper.  As a result, in addition to attending lectures every week, they have to prepare for group debate themselves and group meetings at least two hours weekly in the first half of course. Then, they need to prepare for their individual oral presentation and written papers at least two hours weekly in the second half of course, in particular after the mid term exam. 


Periodicals: Asian Survey;Pacific Affairs (UBC)The Pacific Review Routledge);Journal of East Asian Affairs;jsessionid=B6F1A65CB5EBA5D29488F6C2F6203EF3?metaCode=en_m_pub&boardId=82ac7629036b792536928154; Korea Observer; Journal of World Trade, Japan Review of International Affairs (The Japan Institute of International Affairs); International Relations of the Asia-Pacific; East Asian Policy (East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore:; Journal of East Asian Studies; The Washington QuarterlyCenter for Strategic and International Studies and Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Foreign Affairs; Foreign Policy Issue and Studies



Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Grade: midterm exam (30%); Group debate (20%); individual paper oral presentation (20%); paper (20%); class performance (10%)

Textbook & Reference

William M. Pride, Robert J. Hughes, Jack R. KapoorFoundations of Business6th edition, 2019.

Ricky Griffin, Fundamentals of Management, 9th edition, Cengage Learning, 2019.

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