SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentInternational Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Second Year International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Third Year International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Fourth Year
Course NameTaiwan-China and East Asia Regional Development
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

1. Every week in-class students presentations, discussions, and comments

2. Mid-term project proposal for the final term paper

3. Lectures for listed topics and issues

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



This course adopts a self-directed learning approach and has no prerequisite for registration. There will be in-class current issue presentations and discussion by subject, a mid-term project proposal (research questions and literature review), and a final term paper. The semester grade consists of the in-class presentation (40%), the mid-term proposal presentation (20%), and a final term paper (40%). I will give a bonus to students for creative class discussion and expect to have regular class attendance. Absence without notice will affect your final grade.

The deadline for the term paper is the 18th of January, 2024, one week after the date of NCCU’s final exam. All term papers should be submitted by e-mail to with the student number as the file name. Submission of term paper after the deadline will be subject to heavy penalty towards the grade.


Textbook & Reference

Suggested books:

  1. Thompson, Grahame F., 1998, Economic Dynamism in the Asia-Pacific, Routledge.

  2. Thant, Myo, Min Tang, and Hiroshi Kakazu, 1998, Growth Triangles in Asia, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press.

  3. Rugman, Alan M., Gavin Boyd, 1999, Deepening Integration in the Pacific Economies, Edward Elgar.

  4. *木村福成九屋豐二郎石川幸一經略中國布局大亞洲經濟新潮社2004

  5. Wolf, Charles Jr., K. C. Yeh, Benjamin Zycher, Nicholas Eberstadt, Sung-Ho Lee, 2003, Fault Lines in China’s Economic Terrain, Department of Defense, and the Smith Richardson Foundation, RAND National Defense Research Institute.

  6. The Asian Development Bank, 2005, Asian Economic Cooperation and Integration: Progress, Prospects and Challenges.

  7. *Wiemer, Calla and Heping Cao, 2004, Asian Economic Cooperation in the New Millennium: China’s Economic Presence, World Scientific Publishing.

  8. *Lincoln, Edward J., 2004, East Asian Economic Regionalism, Washington, D.C.: Brooking Institution Press.

  9. *Yuzsuf, Ahahid, 2003, Innovative East Asia: the Future of Growth, Washington, D.C., The World Bank.

  10. Plummer, Michael G. and Erik Jones, 2006, International Economic Integration and Asia, New Jersey, N.J. : World Scientific.

  11. Indermit Gill, Yukon Huang, and Homi Kharas, 2006, East Asian Vision: Perspectives on Economic Development, the World Bank and the Institute of Policy Studies. (

  12. Yusuf, Shahid, M. Anjum Altaf, and Kaoru Nabeshima, 2004, Global Production Networking and Technological Change in East Asia, The World Bank.

  13. Francois J., G. Wignaraja, and P. Rana, 2009, Pan-Asian Integration: Linking East and South Asia, Asian Development Bank.

  14. Asian Development Bank, 2011, Asia 2050: Realizing the Asian Century,

  15. Rosen Daniel H. and Zhi Wang, 2011, The Implications of China-Taiwan Economic Liberalization, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, D.C.

  16. Lam Peng Er, Qin Yaqing, and Yang Mu, 2012, China and East Asia : after the Wall Street crisis, Singapore : World Scientific Publishing Company.

  17. Jing Bo-jiun, 2016, Taiwan and Southeast Asia : opportunities and constraints of continued engagement, Baltimore, Maryland : Carey School of Law, University of Maryland.

  18. Jayanthakumaran, Kankesu, 2016, Industrialization and Challenges in Asia, Palgrave Macmillan.

Useful Website for Asian regional data:


Reading list


Munakata Naoko, 2002, “Whither East Asian Economic Integration?” CNAPS

working paper, Brookings Institute. (

Ozawa, T., 2003, “Pax Americana-led Catch-up, Flying-Geese Style: Regionalized

Endogenous Growth in East Asia, Journal of Asian Economics, 13, 699-713, also in Wiemer and Cao, 2004, 153-174.


Kasahara, Shigehisa , 2004, “The Flying Geese Paradigm: A Critical Study of Its Application

To East Asian Regional Development”, Discussion paper, UNCTAD. (

Cheow, Eric and Teo Chu, 2004, “Strategic Relevance of Asian Economic Integration”,

paper presented at Second High-level Conference on Building a New Asia towards an Asian Economic Community, Tokyo, 18-19 Nov. 2004.

Park, Sung-Hoon, 2002, “East Asian Economic Integration- finding a balance between

        regionalism and multilateralism”, European Institute for Asian Studies Briefing Paper.

Kim, Won Bae, 2004, “Inter-Local Cross-Border Cooperation as a Catalyst for Economic

        Cooperation in Northeast Asia”, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements.

Elek, Andrew, 2003, “East Asian Economic Integration: critical policy choices”, PECC

    Trade Forum, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, Thailand.

Urata, Shujiro, 2002, “A Shift from Market-led to Institution-led Regional economic

Integration in East Asia”, paper presented at the Conference on Asian economic Integration, United Nations University, April 22-23, 2002.

Aminian, Nathalie, Fung, K.C., and Ng, Francis, “Integration of Markets vs. Integration by Agreements,” Policy Research working paper no. WPS 4546, World Bank, 2008.

Kawai, Masahiro and Ganeshan Wignaraja, “Regionalism as an Engine of Multilateralism: A Case for a Single East Asian FTA,” Working paper no. 14, Asian Development Bank, 2008. (

Chia Siow Yue, Challenges and Configurations of a Region-wide FTA in East Asia,Report, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, (August 2007). (

OECD (2005). “Policy Coherence towards East-Asia: Development Challenges for OECD countries,” Policy Brief No.26, OECD Development Centre. (

Chiang, H. H., 2008, "The 'Flying geese development' model of the IT industry in East Asia." Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 13(2), 227-242.

Athukorala, P. C., 2009, "The Rise of China and East Asian Export Performance: Is the Crowding-Out Fear Warranted?" World Economy, 32(2), 234-266.

Gabor, Pula and Tuomas A. Peltonen, 2009, “Has Emerging AsiaDecoupled? An Analysis of Production and Trade Linkages Using the Asian International Input-Output Table,” Working Paper Series No 993, European Central Bank.

Qin, Yaqing, 2013, “East Asian Regionalism: Architecture, Approach and Attributes,” in China and East Asia: After the Wall Street Crisis, pp. 3-22.

Huang D. S., Y. Y. Huang, and C. L. Tsay, 2021, “On the Determinants of Trading Hubs in East and Southeast Asia, Taiwan Economic Forecast and Policy, 51:2, 91–130.


ASEAN+1, +3, +6

Chirathivat, S., 2002, “ASEAN-China Free Trade Area: Background, Implications and

Future Development”, Journal of Asian Economics, 13, 617-686, also in Wiemer and Cao, 2004, 363-384.

Ye, Jingyi, 2004, “East Asian Economic Cooperation: The “10+1” Mechanism for Moving

        Forward,” in Wiemer and Cao, 2004, 127-152.

Laurenceson James, 2003, “Economic Integration between China and ASEAN”, Discussion Paper no. 329, School of Economics, University of Queensland.

Cutler, Joanne, Kevin Chow, Carrie Chan, and Unias Li, 2004, “Intra-Regional Trade and

the Role of mainland China”, Economic Research Division, Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

Izraf, Mukhriz and Azman Aziz, 2005, “The Export Competition between China and

ASEAN-5 Countries in the U.S. and Japan: A survey on Manufacturing sectors”, Paper presented at WTO, CHINA, and the Asian Economies III: Economic Integration and Economic Development, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, June 25-26, 2005.

Liu, Yunhua, 2004, “Economic Competition and Co-operation between ASEAN-5 and

China in Trade”, Paper presented at WTO, CHINA, and the Asian Economies II, Free Trade areas and New Economic Relations, Beijing, June 18-19, 2004.

Wong, Kar-yiu, 2003, “China’s WTO Accession and Its Trade with the Southeast Asian

        Economies”, memo, University of Washington.

Hoa, Tran Van, 2004, “Enlarged ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and Its Impact on

China’s Regional Trade, Growth and Economic Relations, Paper presented at the 2004 Forum on WTO, China and Asian Economies II, Free Trade areas and New Economic Relations, Beijing, June 18-19, 2004.

Cabalu, Helen and Alfonso, Cristina, 2007, "Does AFTA Create or Divert Trade?," Global Economy Journal, 7 (4), Article 6.

Jiang, Tingsong and Warwick McKibbin, 2008, “What Does a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific Mean to China,” Working Paper, Australian National University

Francois, Joseph F. and Wignaraja, Ganeshan, 2008, "Economic Implications of Asian Integration," Global Economy Journal,” 8(3), Article 1.

Chuang, Yih-chyi, 2009, “Wean Asia off its Export Addiction,” Taipei Times



Arndt, Sven W., 2004, “Trade Integration and Production Networks in Asia: The Role of

China”, memo, The Lowe Institute of Political Economy, Claremont McKenna College.

Woo, Wing Thye, 2004, “The Economic Impact of China’s Emergence as a Major

Trading Nation”, Paper presented at the Forum on WTO, China and Asian Economies II, Free Trade areas and New Economic Relations, Beijing, June 18-19, 2004.

Eichengreen, B., Y. Rhee, et al., 2007, "China and the exports of other Asian countries." Review of World Economics, 143(2), 201-226

Greenaway, D., A. Mahabir, et al., 2008, "Has China displaced other Asian countries' exports?" China Economic Review, 19(2), 152-169.

Chuang, Yih-chyi, 2009, “The Rise of China and Its Implications to World Economy,” Chinese History and Society/Berliner China-Hefte, 37, 3-21.

Interbrand, 2009, “Made in China 2008: The Challenge for Chinese Brands Going Global.” Retrieved from:

Wong, John, 2013, “China in The Post-Financial Crisis East Asia: Towards A New Regional Economic Order,” in China and East Asia: After the Wall Street Crisis, pp. 23-33.

Yang Mu and Chong Siew Keng Catherine, 2013, “China's Investment in Southeast Asia: Trends and Prospects,” in China and East Asia: After the Wall Street Crisis, pp. 175-186.

Chuang Yih-chyi, 2016, “Challenges and Difficulties Confronting China’s “New Normal” Economy,” Prospects and Perspectives 2016, Prospect Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 29-32.



Cai, K. G., 2005, “The China–ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and Taiwan,” Journal of Contemporary China, 14(45), 585–597.

Chen, Tain-Jy, 2003, “Will Taiwan be Marginalized by China?” Asian Economic Paper, 2,


Chen, Tain-Jy, 2005, “The Emergence of Hsinchu Science Park as an IT Cluster,” paper presented at International Conference on the ICT Clusters in East Asia, Kitakyushu, Japan, December 12-14, 2005.

Wang Zhi, 2003, “WTO Accession, the Greater China Free-trade Area, and Economics

        Integration across the Taiwan Strait”, China Economic Review, 14, 316-349.

Wu, Chi-jen, A Comparative Study of Economic Integration within Greater China:

 Perspectives of Hong Kong and Taiwan, memo.

Chase, Michael S., Kevin L. Pollpeter, and James C. Mulvenon, 2004, Shanghaied?

The Economic and Political Implications of the Flow of Information Technology and Investment across the Taiwan Strait, Technical Report-133, RAND National Security Research Institute.

Chuang, Yih-chyi, 2009, “Devaluation Can’t Solve Everything, Taipei Times.

Chuang, Yih-chyi, 2009, “ECFA: Focus on Issues, not Name,” Taipei Times

Chuang, Yih-chyi, 2009, “The Economic Relations between Taiwan and Mainland China: Why ECFA?” paper presented at the 26th Taiwan-Europe Conference on The European Union and East Asian Security: East Asia and the European Union in an Emerging Multipolar World, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, December 7-8, 2009.

Chuang, Yih-chyi, 2011, “ECFA and Its implications for East Asian Economic Integration,” in C.C. Lin ed. ECFA and East Asia Economic Integration, National Policy Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan, pp.15-27.

Chuang, Yih-chyi, 2011, “Taiwan, A Resource Coordinator and Risk Buffer for Asia,” Prospects and Perspectives 2011, Prospect Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 29-33.

Wilson, William T., 2014, “Market Solutions Should Be Central to U.S.'s Taiwan Policy,” Backgrounder No. 2930, August 1, 2014.

Chuang, Yih-chyi, 2015, “Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation and Asian Regional Integration: Why joint participation of China and Taiwan is good for them and the region?” In Evan Berman ed. Asian Leadership in Policy and Governance, Public Policy and Governence, Volume 24, UK: Emerald Publishers, pp. 107-127.



Shan, Zhongdong, Shengping Zhang, Jianhong Qi, “Financial Development in East Asia after the 1997 Crisis”, memo, Institute of the Chinese Economy and WTO studies, Peking University

Lee, Kyung Tae and Deok Ryong Yoon, “A roadmap for East Asian monetary integration,”Working Paper, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, 2008 (

Regional financial cooperation in East Asia: the Chiang Mai Initiative and beyond, Chapter 8 in Bulletin on Asia-Pacific Perspectives 2002/03.

Mundell, Robert, 2003, “Prospects for an Asian Currency Area,” Journal of Asian Economics, 14, 1-10.




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