ASEAN and Trade Regionalism: An Opportunity for Convergence or Threat of “Two Speeds”?

Sebastian Bobowski


The paper is studying Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)—integration grouping, through the prism of trade regionalism and the concept of two-speed. Author provided an indicatory analysis in order to embrace different dimensions of development gap between ASEAN-6 (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) and CLMV (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam), while pointing out the context of convergence and perspectives of narrowing the distance successfully. A special emphasis was put on the context of competitive mega-regional projects of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with overlapping memberships of four ASEAN states, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Author attempts to draw implications of eventual successful establishment of two trade blocks led by the United States on the one side, and China on the other, including the threat of internal decomposition of ASEAN and division into pro-TPP and pro-RCEP coalitions, while affecting ASEAN’s centralist role in Asian regionalism. Two-speed ASEAN was studied both in economic and political terms in this matter, while Vietnam was recognized as prospective member of the ASEAN’s core operating at higher speed
Author Sebastian Bobowski (ES / DIER)
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- Department of International Economic Relations
Publication size in sheets1.5
Book Bilgin Mehmet Huseyin, Danis Hakan, Demir Ender, Can Ugur (eds.): Country Experiences in Economic Development, Management and Entrepreneurship. Proceedings of the 17th Eurasia Business and Economics Society Conference, Eurasian Studies in Business and Economics, vol. 5, 2017, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-46318-6, [978-3-319-46319-3], 933 p., DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-46319-3
Keywords in EnglishASEAN, trade regionalism, two-speed
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
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ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 31-01-2020, ChapterFromConference
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