The Contenders: The Growth of the Pacific Rim Powers

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The traditional dominance of the United States in the business communities of the Pacific region can no longer be taken for granted. Japan, Korea and, increasingly, China are the main contenders. These are nations which have the potential to take control of this lucrative region and change the face of world commerce for ever. In this fascinating and scholarly study, James M. Livingstone systematically explores the industrial, cultural and political background of every key country in the region. It is only through...
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The traditional dominance of the United States in the business communities of the Pacific region can no longer be taken for granted. Japan, Korea and, increasingly, China are the main contenders. These are nations which have the potential to take control of this lucrative region and change the face of world commerce for ever. In this fascinating and scholarly study, James M. Livingstone systematically explores the industrial, cultural and political background of every key country in the region. It is only through a better understanding of the region that other nations will be able to anticipate future developments and participate fully in them. The author's belief (based upon his many years of academic and professional experience of the Pacific region) is that there are two groups of nations and ethnic communities scattered around the three potential superpowers, arranged geographically as an inner ring and an outer ring. He argues convincingly that these nations (such as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia) hold the clues to ultimate dominance. Subtle shifts of allegiance can make the difference between economic strength and weakness. The Contenders is the most thorough and up-to-date introduction to the complex and rapidly changing Pacific scene available. It will be invaluable for students of International or Comparative Management, for those studying at MBA level, and for all members of the business community who need information they can trust.
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Argues that in the near future the countries of the Pacific Rim are likely to supplant the economies circling the North Atlantic as the industrial powerhouses of the world. The author examines the structure of the relationship of the core countries of Japan, Korea, and China (including the overseas Chinese community) with countries he terms the inner and outer rings, which serve as important sources of markets, cheap labor, and raw materials. Distributed by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780304701131
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part 1 Introduction
1 Introduction 3
Part 2 The Core Countries: Japan, Korea and China
2 Japan 41
3 Korea 83
4 The Chinese Communities 109
5 Taiwan and the Overseas Chinese 155
6 The Core Countries and Friction with the USA 171
Part 3 The Inner Ring
7 The Association of South East Asian Nations 191
8 Thailand 201
9 Malaysia 213
10 Singapore 221
11 Indonesia 228
12 The Philippines 241
Part 4 The Outer Ring
13 The Marxist and Post-Marxist Fringe 255
14 Australasia, Melanesia and Micronesia 264
15 The Americas as the Eastern Edge 272
Part 5 Conclusions
16 The Rise of the Pacific Powers 289
Further Reading 299
Index 301
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