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China’s economic strategy in Asia

Asian Education and Development Studies,Vol.8 Issue:1,2019

Guoyou Song, (2019) "China's economic strategy in Asia,"

Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 8 Issue: 1, pp.2-13,

【Abstract】Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study key economic strategies in Asia laid out by the Chinese Government since Xi Jinping became the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is composed of six parts. The first part analyzes China’s Asian trade strategy with a focus on the free-trade agreement. The second part elaborates the Asian finance and currency strategy with the core being the regionalization of RMB. The third part introduces China's newly proposed Belt and Road Initiative (B&R). The fourth part deals with the China–USA economic relationship with a view to China's economic strategy in Asia. The fifth part explains China's domestic economic policy which forms the basis of the Asian Economic Strategy.Findings-A marked change has taken place in China’s economic strategy in Asia, namely, giving more consideration to how to offer more public goods to the region. This is natural as China's economic power is developed to a certain level and it is highly related to China’s attempt to growing its economic influence in this region. China believes that the B&R Initiative and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank are both public goods China has provided to Asia. China’s economic strategy in Asia demonstrates that China, as a rising power, though faced with domination of established power and the original regional economic rule system, still promotes the cooperation, integration, participation and development of this region. In general, China’s economic strategy in Asia offers an alternative for countries in this region so that Asian countries can better safeguard their rights amid China–America competition, and a new Asian economic order can be better built. Originality/value – The paper contributes to the researched area of China’s economic strategy in Asia by comprehensively elaborating its trade, money, B&R Initiative and so on. This paper also shows the major challenges of China’s economic strategy in Asia and therefore is helpful to fully understand China’s economic statecraft.

【Key Words】 Asia, Free-trade agreement, RMB, Regional economic order

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