Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret. Companies must decide how best to leverage the growing power and economic integration of these two economies. These innovations are taking place as the obsolescence of existing exchange and development institutions has become increasingly obvious.  The IMF and World Bank were born in 1944 at Bretton Woods.  Seventy-one years ago, the United States led the capitalist world. It is often assumed this began in the US with the election of Donald Trump. It will let Chinese manufacturing and construction companies continue for a while to do the sort of work abroad that is winding down at home.. It is promoting the Chinese yuan as a medium of trade settlement and public borrowing throughout Eurasia. Parts of the US-China economic integration that began in Shenzhen's port in 1980 are going into reverse. The purpose of the "one belt, one road" project is to promote its economic integration with what has been called the "world island" – the conjoined continents of Asia and Europe. Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries, including China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, on Sunday signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). But it is only fair to note that the events of 2020, this opening year of a new decade, point heavily towards the decoupling narrative. An example is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The devil is always in the details, but if China's vision is realized in any significant respect, in time all roads in Eurasia will lead to Beijing. Some projects envisaged for the "one belt, one road" program will be financially attractive or made so. It has learned a lot about how to build things that boost transportation and communications efficiency. It now has the world's largest broadband network. The rapid rise of China and India, and the growing economic integration between them, has clear implications for US, European, and Japanese multinational corporations. China is a global power in terms of scale, but scale has not always translated into integration China became the world’s largest economy in purchasing-power-parity terms in 2014. Others may be more problematic. Still, if these initiatives work at all, they will have enormous geopolitical impact. They can continue for a while to do abroad what they will have decreasing opportunities to do at home. And China is indeed rising, but is most concerned with establishing a clearly demarcated zone of influence. This aims to bring into being a new economic order on the Eurasian landmass. There are many skeptics in China itself. (or 1,100 miles) away on the Arabian Sea, just outside the Strait of Hormuz. The great US-China economic synthesis is over. Reflecting on Chimerica in 2009, Ferguson wondered whether it would speed up China's rise and delink it from American consumption. China is now near the heart of the global capitalist economy. But, for the program to succeed over the long term, the planning process that is getting under way will have to begin to develop new models for Chinese investment that empower private enterprise along the Silk Road as well as in China itself. China has a record of making extravagant offers of credits abroad that are then underutilized. The “new security concept” of the 1990s informed the more thrusting notion of “China’s peaceful rise” promoted by Beijing under Hu Jintao from 2003; a mix of friendliness and wariness echoed back from Washington in urgings that China be a “responsible stakeholder” in the global order, a term coined by then deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick. This article is part of a wider special New Statesman Media Group feature on the US-China decoupling. While it remains relatively low as a percentage of China's GDP, continuing rapid urbanization and the concomitant growth of China's middle class promise to correct this. It produced half of global GDP and held seventy percent of the world's gold reserves. Third, deeper integration, and the concomitant acceleration of domestic economic reform, also increases the likelihood that China will be able … As a result of increased integration with the global economy and continued domestic price liberaliza- tion, prices in China are increasingly market deter- mined and traded goods’ prices have achieved substantial convergence with international prices. Get the New Statesman’s Morning Call email. The United States is in denial about the nature and direction of change in the global political economy. China has its act mostly together. The Rise and Future of China as an Economic Power As the People's Republic of China turns 70, its leader focuses on hyper-growth. Many of the countries that lie between China and Europe have troubled political and economic environments. Starting with Japan in the 1950s, East Asian countries have consecutively taken part in the global economic system and have become connected with each other through the market economy. City dwellers are heavy consumers. China’s Visions of Future East Asian Economic Integration East Asia has been the fastest growing area in the world in recent decades. This gathering has featured lively discussions of investment in various forms of infrastructure, logistics management, and natural resources. China’s economy deepened its integration with the rest of the world in October, with foreign investment increasing amid strong spending in R&D … This optimism continued well into the 2000s, as trade soared following China’s entry into the World Trade Organisation and attitudes on both sides acknowledged that with the country’s rising prosperity came both greater leverage over the US and geopolitical power in the world. This justifies a certain measure of skepticism about the numbers China has attached to its aspirations. The old model based on integration of trade with global markets but with limited financial linkages has reached the end of its useful life. Some segments of the network also have the objective of promoting development and integration within a particular region. This crisis is about China’s economic future and whether or not it can manage the structural transformation necessary to propel the economy into the … Covid-19 began in China, in Wuhan, and Beijing’s opacity about the pandemic hugely undermined international trust in it. To do so, companies can: 1. individual US states' tortured relationship with China, factor in the presidential election campaign, Why a Joe Biden win is unlikely to improve relations between the US and China, whether Covid-19 has delivered a death blow to US-China FDI, Devi Sridhar: The UK needs a zero-Covid strategy to prevent endless lockdowns, Ban Donald Trump’s Twitter account – for good, "The social movements of our time are explosive": Aaron Benanav on robots and revolution. Too many cables pass through heavily trafficked choke points like the Strait of Malacca or the Suez Canal.  Accidents in these choke points cause several hundred disruptions of the global undersea system each year. In many ways, the U.S. and Japanese responses to China's increasing role in global economic affairs remind me of the dysfunctional reactions of an entrepreneur as the private equity boys reorganize the company he founded, change its management, do transformative mergers and acquisitions, and deprive him of all pretense of control over his company as they take it public. China is connected to Europe at present by 39,000 kms (about 24,000 miles) of mostly underwater cable following legacy telephone links. Supply chains for computers and other electronic products criss-crossed the Pacific – a large part of Apple's production takes place at the Longhua complex on the edge of Shenzhen – and as China became wealthier, more investment started to flow in the other direction, into the US economy, where Chinese investors hoovered up stakes in car makers, technology firms and energy generation. This would reduce oversupply in the Chinese steel industry from 22 percent to 8 percent. Economic integration, or regional integration, is an agreement among nations to reduce or eliminate trade barriers and agree on fiscal policies. In Tech Monitor, Ed Targett reviews the growing impact this shift is having on technology supply chains. Member countries remove all barriers to trade between themselves but are free to independently determine trade policies with nonmember nations. The target for concluding RCEP is the end of this year. The Middle East Policy Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to contribute to American understanding of the political, economic and cultural issues that affect U.S. interests in the Middle East. They are additive and do not supplant them. More to the point, the United States has recently shown neither the will nor the political capacity to muster the means to adapt the Bretton Woods institutions to this century's economic realities and development requirements. This NSMG feature does not pretend to have a certain answer that question. But the "one belt, one road" project is very much not limited to railroad construction. In nominal terms, China’s GDP was 66 percent that of the United States in 2018, making it … The “pivot to Asia” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership under Obama were partly conceived as (and understood by Beijing as) efforts to contain China. The creation of the SEZ in 1980, when today's futuristic metropolis of 13 million inhabitants was a fishing village, was an early landmark in the opening up of the Chinese economy under Deng Xiaoping, and with it came probably the biggest economic story of our time: the integration of the Chinese and US economies. It tells a complicated story, of US-China entanglement in some fields but not in others. Having won the 2016 election in Midwestern states whose economies have been particularly affected by the economic integration of the two countries, the president imposed tariffs on Chinese goods in 2018, on some $250bn of imports. A post-Bretton Woods global financial order is being born. Jeremy Cliffe is International Editor of the New Statesman. What is less well known in the West, but also significant, is that China too – while protesting Trump’s trade war measures and playing the “responsible stakeholder” – has also shifted its attitude towards the economic interdependence of the two powers. Meanwhile, China continues to leverage its membership in the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank, and other U.S., Japanese, and European-dominated institutions to the cause of improving Eurasian infrastructure. China's economic planners want to make private enterprises the backbone of the scheme – to leverage their energy, flexibility, and sensitivity to investment efficiency. If it works, it will place China in an ever more central position of influence on the Eurasian landmass and the world. This will create a free trade area (FTA) embracing China, ASEAN, Australia, India, Japan, south Korea, and New Zealand. This is an area with a population of 4.4 billion and a current economic output of $21 trillion. And Japan has announced its own $110 billion infrastructure investment fund for Asia.  The justification for this Japanese fund is geopolitical rivalry with China. Here on the New Statesman’s international team, US editor Emily Tamkin reports on China as a factor in the presidential election campaign. China has set a goal of $2.5 trillion in trade with Silk Road countries by 2025. But, in the longer term, "one belt, one road" is a strategy to use Chinese resources to tie Europe and Asia more closely and efficiently to each other and to China.  The added efficiencies of its planned railroads, highways, pipelines, power grids, fiber optic cables, and air and sea ports respond to real market requirements and opportunities. Over the past year, the U.S. has imposed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports and China has retaliated, raising tariffs on U.S. exports. But the Japanese initiative seems likely simply to support rather than undermine the Chinese objective of strengthening pan-Eurasian economic ties. ). $34 billion of this will go into new power plants, with the goal of almost immediately (that is three years from now) generating an additional 10,400 MW of electricity for power-hungry Pakistan. China is in the process of becoming the world's preeminent economy. The "one belt, one road" program includes no military component, but it clearly has the potential to up-end the world's geopolitics as well as its economics. Investment Monitor has dug into the numbers to explain how and where the decoupling is taking place. China has already deployed at least that amount of new money to its vision of Eurasian economic integration. A Biden White House might pursue a more multilateral counterweight to Beijing, especially by paying more sincere attention to the emergent Indo-Pacific alliance, but it would not drastically shift the American foreign policy course. As one example of what China has in mind, consider the economic corridor that is to link Kashgar, in Xinjiang, with the port of Gwadar, in Pakistani Balochistan, 1,800 kms. The same, for other reasons, is true of China and Russia, and of China and Iran. The majority of it will go into investments under the "one belt, one road" program. #imports_exports_indexed iframe { width: 100%} Some countries, such as China, hope to promote 10+3 (the ASEAN economies plus China, Japan and the Republic of Korea) cooperation, while other countries, such as Japan, prefer 10+6 cooperation (the ASEAN economies plus China, Japan, ROK, India, Australia and New Zealand), and it was difficult for each other to reach consensus. Perhaps the key to accomplishing this is partnership with foreign companies and lenders with greater experience in risk-based lending and turning a profit outside home markets. Investment Monitor has dug into the numbers to explain the declining trade and investment flows between the US and China, and individual US states' tortured relationship with China. These are early days in the development of a program conceived to span three or more decades. What return on investment can China and its partners reasonably expect from "one belt, one road" projects? They are more concerned by Beijing’s human rights abuses, especially against the Uighurs in Xinjiang, than the Trump administration has been. As the great conservative, Edmund Burke, declared: "the heart of diplomacy is to grant graciously what you no longer have the power to withhold." Economic Integration In China 2753 Words 12 Pages Chapter 1 Introduction and Background “All countries, including the poorest have assets – human, industrial, natural financial - which they can employ to produce goods and services for their domestic markets or to compete overseas. To this end, China is creating new international institutions that both supplement and compete with existing U.S.-sponsored funds and banks. More probable is that the contest will force a choice for other countries and technology platforms; between the US and China, between Silicon Valley and Shenzhen. For the past two decades, China has devoted about 9 percent of GDP to the enhancement of domestic infrastructure. A key building block in this effort is the so-called "regional comprehensive economic partnership" or RCEP. The rest will be devoted to building roads, railroads, power transmission lines, fiber optic cables, and oil and gas pipelines. Chinese investment abroad exceeded $100 billion for the first time in 2014. $5 billion has gone into a new "Marine Silk Road Bank." The best that can be said for this is that it gives such companies an opportunity to ease their transition to a new system with new rules and practices. Larry Summers called this interdependence a “balance of financial terror”, where China relied on US spending and the US relied on Chinese financing. In any event, while Washington works itself into a lather over Chinese pave-overs of reefs in the South China Sea, Beijing is focused on much bigger things. As the "one belt, one road" concept is implemented, the EU and China should draw ever closer commercially. Internationally, most attention has focused on Beijing's ambition to build 81,000 kilometers (about 50,000 miles) of high-speed railways connecting itself to everywhere else in Asia and Europe. It will, in short, make China the most important single national actor on the entire Eurasian landmass. As such, it is a blunder of epic proportions. A 2016 assessment of its record on China noted that “parts of American public opinion have degenerated into hostility” and that “the incumbent superpower undoubtedly feels under pressure”. If China realizes its vision, it will fully deserve the name by which it calls itself –中国, the country at the center of the world's affairs. One study estimates, for example, that a relatively modest five percent growth rate in such assets from their current base could create 137 million tons of demand for Chinese steel. A second will cross the Karakorum Mountains and branch into two lines: one reaching Pakistani ports on the Arabian Sea; the other crossing Iran to Turkey, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, and Southeastern Europe, with a branch connection to the Arabian Peninsula. The pulling apart of the world's two biggest economies, often dubbed a "decoupling", could prove at least as decisive for the following decades of world affairs as the integration was for the past four. What comes next really depends on whether the geopolitics have firmly succeeded the economics, on whether the Thucydides trap has replaced the Golden Arches theory (China currently has 2,391 branches of McDonald's, more than any other country except the US and Japan) of foreign relations. Tech Monitor, a new sister publication of Investment Monitor focusing on the tech industry, has reviewed the growing impact this shift is having on technology supply chains. The challenges posed by a more prosperous and internationally engaged China have no military solution. It also has a large maritime dimension. According to the OECD, China is on its way to a 69 percent urban population by 2030. There are four main types of regional economic integration. That’s likely to continue. China's return to wealth and power certainly has military implications that must be addressed. Investing in roads, railways, fiber optic cable, and power generation and distribution assets outside China could enable the productive use of China's industrial overcapacity, stabilizing employment and the Chinese economy. The initiative is also a way of developing Xinjiang and other parts of western China by making them key connectors to Central Asia, Russia, Europe, and the Middle East. In this context, the military aspects of the "pivot" are irrelevant. They now contribute almost half of Chinese GDP, up from less than one-third ten years ago. Services overtook manufacturing and construction as economic activities in China in 2013. Nations and financial institutions that collaborate in these initiatives will be in a position to shape them and the reformed international financial system they constitute. Now, as then, there are lots of China specialists who dismiss China's aspirations as unlikely to produce much. China's emerging global financial role will be decisively shaped by its experience with Eurasian economic integration. China is in the process of becoming the world's preeminent economy. The world's future is far more likely to be determined by the peaceful economic integration of China with the rest of Eurasia than by the U.S. "pivot to Asia." $40 billion has gone into the Central Asia-focused Silk Road Fund. So if the 1990s were the decade of the Golden Arches theory, the 2000s the theory of Chimerica and the 2010s the decade of the Thucydides trap, what will the 2020s bring? The … In January, China agreed an FTA with south Korea. It is a multifaceted and nuanced story. Every province and megalopolis in China is developing specific plans to support "one belt, one road" projects. China joining CPTPP would boost Asia-Pacific economic integration. Also, the institutional integration of East Asia needs the effort of all the players in the region. News & Views. The US remains the world’s dominant military power and largest economy, but wants to pull back from some of its commitments and focus on the contest with the rising power. The 2010s were the decade in which the “what if?” became a “what now?” They began with China overtaking Japan to become the world's second largest economy and ended with it being within striking distance of overtaking America to become the largest (a feat already achieved in measures of purchasing power). In 2014, 55 percent of Chinese lived in cities, up from less than 20 percent in 1980. 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