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URN etd-0808108-135755
Author Krista Gem
Author's Email Address kristagem_mercado@hotmail.com
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Department Mainland China Studies
Year 2007
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title China-ASEAN Economic Relations: Its Implications to the Philippines
Date of Defense 2008-06-17
Page Count 184
Keyword
  • Philippines
  • China
  • Economic Relations
  • ASEAN
  • Abstract “…commerce and manufactures gradually introduced order and good
    government and with them, the liberty and security of individuals, among the
    inhabitants of the country, who had before lived in a continual state of war
    with their neighbors, and of servile dependency upon their superiors. This
    though the least observe is by far the most important of all their effects.”
    Adam Smith in his classic “Wealth of Nations” amply sets the tone of this
    paper on China-ASEAN relations.
    Significant domestic developments in individual Southeast Asian states have
    brought about new political, economic and social challenges that necessarily impact
    on the stability of the entire region. In general, Southeast Asia remains beset with
    widening economic and social inequities, unresolved political conflicts as well as
    growing ethnic tensions, compounded by threats of terrorism and other transnational
    crimes. At the same time, however, Southeast Asian nations have moved toward
    greater cooperation under the ASEAN. The researcher’s motivation for undertaking
    this research topic is due to the fact that China-ASEAN economic relations is an area
    of considerable yet remains poorly understood, it was very fitting for her to embark
    into a study that will take a closer look of the evolving relations and implications to
    the Philippines since the researcher is a citizen of the country which is an original
    charter member of the ASEAN. The study was an assessment of the China-ASEAN
    cooperation and its implications to the Philippines. The paper is preceded by a
    hypothesis that—“The better the level of relationship is between China and the
    ASEAN as a regional block, the better the chances for China and the Philippines to
    enhance not only its traditional relationship in bilateral trade and investments, but also
    the more contentious issue of amicably resolving the South China Sea conflict, more
    specifically, the Kalayaan Group of Islands or Spratlys.”
    The researcher used both descriptive and analytical approach for the study. The
    three data sources of the study were document analyses, interview of key informants
    and focused group discussions. The inputs were taken from the results of the
    document analyses and the interview of key informants.
    The China-ASEAN relations are characterized as economic cooperation at first
    hand. Such relationship has evolved through the years from economic to other
    non-traditional areas of cooperation like security and conflict resolutions. Joint
    agreements are signed between ASEAN member states and China with regard to
    increased trade and settlement of political issues and disputes. The Philippines as a
    member state was able to optimize its gains in the China-ASEAN relations with the
    increase in bilateral trade and investments. Undoubtedly the subsequent deepening of
    engagement between China and the Philippines is mutually beneficial to the two
    countries national interests.
    Advisory Committee
  • Chyun-Yang Wang - chair
  • Susan Chao - co-chair
  • Teh-chang Lin - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2008-08-08

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