The topic offers a snapshot of economic, political and military trends in Asia since 2010. Three related dynamics are explored; first, the extent to which a Sino-centric regional order is emerging in Asia, and whether such an order is welcomed or resisted by China's neighbours; secondly, the evolution of different visions of Asian regionalism, one 'East Asian' in nature the other 'Asia Pacific'; and, thirdly, how the dynamic political and economic interactions between globalisation and regionalism in Asia in the 21st century give rise to the idea of the Indo-Pacific. The topic highlights Australia's role in redefining security and economic pursuits in terms of the Indo-Pacific.
This topic aims to introduce students to the broad political economy of East Asia over the past 25 years, focussing on the 'rise and decline' of the Japanese economic sphere, the impact of the Asian Economic Crisis of 1997/87 and the nature of the recovery, the subsequent emergence of a 'Sino-centric' regional economic order and the role that an 'increasingly present India' is playing. The topic also traces the evolution and role of political regionalism in East Asia, its relationship with a broader Asia Pacific vision and likely future trends.