Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

Securing a high-standard Indo-Pacific economic architecture

Wilson, J. (2018) Securing a high-standard Indo-Pacific economic architecture. Perth USAsia Centre



Economic regionalism in the Asia is in flux. Since 2010, a variety of new multilateral initiatives have attempted to geographically and functionally reconfigure the regional economic architecture.

A high-standard, US-Australia-Japan-backed ‘Indo-Pacific’ model for regional integration currently competes with a minimalist and China-led ‘Asian’ alternative.

Since the Trump Administration took office in 2016, the US has ceased to be an active player in this architectural contest. The prospects for the high-standard model have suffered as a result.

Given the longstanding importance of US leadership for Asia, this poses the risk that a sub-optimal, if not wholly-adverse, regional economic architecture may emergence in its absence.

For members of the high-standard coalition, strategies must be developed and enacted now to mitigate these risks. These will ensure they retain the capacity to shape the newly-emerging regional economic architecture.

Item Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School Of Business and Governance
Series Name: Briefing note for the United States-Australia Indo-Pacific Cooperation Dialogue
Publisher: Perth USAsia Centre
Item Control Page Item Control Page


Downloads per month over past year