2. East Asia goes global

Chairs: Antonio Fiori  and Matteo Dian (University of Bologna)) 
Discussant: Pascal Vennesson (Nanyang Technological University - Singapore) and Giovanni Andornino (University of Turin, and T.wai - Torino World Affairs Institute, Turin)

Date: Saturday 27th June 2015
Room: Sala Piccola


East and South East Asia are increasingly crucial in economic, political and social terms for our contemporary era of globalization. But what does Asia’s renewed centrality mean for the rest of the world?

The panel aims at exploring the most relevant connections between Asia and other regions, analyzing how main Asian powers are becoming increasingly central players at the global level.
The purpose of the panel is twofold. Firstly it aims at discussing how China, Japan, Korea and ASEAN states connect with non Asian realities and how they have been achieving a considerable influence on non Asian scenarios. Examples are China’s strategy of “going global” which led Beijing to invest and acquire strategically relevant assets in almost every region of the world, from Africa to Latin America, from Central Asia to Europe, investing heavily in debt ridden countries such as Greece and Spain. Japan coupled its already globalized economic networks with an increasingly active security policy, promoting a number of strategic partnerships with non-Asian partners. South Korea is becoming a relevant diplomatic actor, due to its recognized status as “middle power”. Similarly, ASEAN countries are actively engaging other regions, building economic, diplomatic and strategic networks.

The second aim of the panel is assessing how the rise of Asia affects the global order. The literature highlighted how Asian countries have been socialized to the global and Western led order, often overlooking the other way around. To what extent Asian powers are resisting, contesting and shaping the normative underpinning of the global international society?



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