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Investing in the economic architecture of the Indo-Pacific

Wilson, J.D. (2017) Investing in the economic architecture of the Indo-Pacific. Perth USAsia Centre, Perth, Western Australia.

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Abstract

The Indo-Pacific has emerged as the most recent conceptualisation of the ‘regional space’ in Asia. For three decades, most Asian governments have used the term ‘Asia-Pacific’ to describe the regional ties linking East Asian governments with partners on the Pacific Rim. However, since 2010, four of the major powers in the region – Australia, India, Japan and the US – have formally adopted the term Indo-Pacific into their foreign policy and/or defence strategies. Understood as a super-region which conjoins the Pacific and Indian oceans, the Indo-Pacific concept has arisen due to a recognition that many interactions and interdependences in Asia now link or span across these two formerly separate regions. The historical significance of this Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific shift is that it extends westward the notion of who and what constitutes the Asian region. For the first time, countries on the Indian Ocean Rim are now being considered part of the Asian strategic system.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Perth USAsia Centre
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/39067
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