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Regional Integration in the Asia Pacific

Issues and Prospects

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This report, published by the OECD's International Futures Programme in co-operation with the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre in Australia, aims to stimulate informed debate about the main integration issues facing the Asia-Pacific region in the decades ahead.  It examines such issues as how the region compares to other regions of the world in terms of economic and political integration; regional co-operation on trade, investment and environment; and security and transportation concerns.  The book concludes with Mike Moore's "Reflections on Asia Pacific Integration".

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Annex

Reflections on Asia Pacific Integration

It is right and fitting that we should discuss, examine, audit, criticise and promote the issue of regional integration in Asia and the Pacific under the leadership of the Hawke Centre.

It was Bob Hawke’s leadership that saw the creation of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation – APEC – in Canberra in the 1980s. I was at the first meeting, representing New Zealand. In those heady days, we called it the Hawke initiative. What was also significant then was that it was the first ministerial meeting where China, Hong Kong (a British colony at the time) and

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