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Persian Gulf – Pacific Asia linkages in the 21st century: a marriage of convenience?

Davidson, Christopher (2010) Persian Gulf – Pacific Asia linkages in the 21st century: a marriage of convenience? Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States (7). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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An important new relationship is developing between the six monarchies of the Persian Gulf and the three most industrialized states of Pacific Asia. With little shared modern economic history and enormous political and socio-economic disparities, and separated by great geographical distances, the rapidly tightening economic interdependence between the two regions is a recent phenomenon that deserves considerable attention. This paper dissects this by examining both the hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon trades between the two regions before turning to their increasingly bilateral sovereign wealth investments and their cooperation on major construction and infrastructural projects. The paper will then explain the absence of military security arrangements, but will also demonstrate how several other measures are being taken to create stronger non-economic bonds. Finally, a number of future collaborations will be discussed: for the most part these are not only innovative, but also highly symbolic of a more interdependent relationship.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H0 - General
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2014 14:43
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:17

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