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By Daisuke Hiratsuka

FTAs are proliferating in East Asia. This proliferation turns into a starting place for the region's monetary integration at the one hand, yet also will result in the "spaghetti (or noodle) ball syndrome," because of a mix of diverse principles similar to principles of starting place. furthermore, the necessity for lots of strategies and files, in addition to customized clearance at borders for highway transportation, consumes nice time and prices, resulting in excessive transportation charges. there are lots of concerns to handle with a purpose to reach extra financial integration. This ebook explores the present country and course of monetary integration in East Asia and examines how fiscal integration can let every one financial system to profit both.

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Chapter 5, ‘Making Sense of the Timeliness of Transportation in Economic Integration’, by Nobuaki Hamaguchi, emphasizes the timely delivery and short lead time of goods in globalization where multinational firms have split production lines and locate them optimally such that they can minimize total direct production costs by taking advantage of international factor price differences. There are roughly four ways to realize timely and short delivery of goods across countries. First, good transport infrastructure plays a crucial role for delivery time.

In ASEAN countries, however, the capability of extending infant industry protection policy has been relatively weak on the side of both entrepreneurs and governments, and thus from the early stages of development the introduction of foreign capital has taken the form of a dual-track approach that has simultaneously promoted both import-substitution-type and export-oriented-type foreign direct investment (FDI). As FDI has mostly been introduced in the manufacturing sector, rather than in the natural-resource-exploiting sector, the fear of foreign capital has been relatively light.

In East Asia, intra-regional trade ratios have drastically increased, and intraindustry trade instead of inter-industry/one-way trade has rapidly expanded in proportion. However, factor prices, particularly wages, differ widely across countries, and countries are actually at different stages of development. In fragmentation and agglomeration, production processes are extensively fragmented beyond national borders in order to take advantage of differences in wages and development stages. 2 Second, de facto economic integration has developed primarily with market forces, but not in the absence of policy support.

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