Despite the diversity in income levels, languages, culture, resource endowments, and political systems, the countries of East Asia are more integrated now than they have ever been. Goods, money, and ideas are being traded across the region. East Asia is redefining itself from a
collection of disparate nations that looked mainly to markets in the west, to a more self-reliant, innovative, and networked region. Countries in this region are strengthening ties with each other and seeking more strategic partnerships with the rest of the world.
East Asian Visions is a collection of essays that convey, firsthand, how some of the most influential thinkers in East Asia view these challenges. The writers are eminent policy makers, statesmen, and scholars. They write about how competition with the west has bred success; how crises in the
region have provoked introspection; and how the rise of China is catalyzing change.
Some of the themes that permeate these essays include:
How can East Asia's growth success be explained?
Can all countries benefit from China's success, or will some be crowded out?
Will regional integration aid efficiency or will it become a source of vulnerability?
How can East Asian countries deal with the growing domestic concerns such as inequity, slum pollution, and corruption?