Organizing The Wider East Asia Region
Regionalism and regional integration in East Asia has developed dynamically at various levels over the past two decades. In the world system, East Asia's degree of regional economic coherence is second only to the European Union's. In addition to deepening micro-level regionalization, new regional frameworks and organizations have emerged, centered on an East Asian collective of nations and economies. This paper examines the development of new regional institutions involving the whole East Asia region, focusing on four 'Supra-structure institutions': ASEAN Plus Three, East Asia Summit, Asia-Europe Meeting, and Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum; and two 'Supporting institutions': Pacific Basin Economic Council and Pacific Economic Cooperation Council.