The Economic Integration of Greater China

An assessment of real and financial integration, co-authored by Yin-Wong Cheung (University of California at Santa Cruz Economics), Menzie D. Chinn (University of Wisconsin at Madison La Follette School and Economics) and Eiji Fujii (Tsukuba University, Graduate School).


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Click on graphic for link to book website. Published by Hong Kong University Press.

From the cover text:

“The tremendous success of China’s program of economic reform and the rapid integration of China into the global economy have prompted this study on the economic and financial integration between mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan — a grouping sometimes referred to as Greater China. While there has been a plethora of analyses of China’s economic interactions with other economies, this book fills the need for a thorough investigation of regional financial and real interactions — corresponding to the many exhaustive studies of such interactions between developed countries and between East Asian countries.


Since real and financial integration has substantial implications for the efficiency of resource allocation and the efficacy of macroeconomic policy, Cheung, Chinn and Fujii offer a clear analysis of the current state of economic integration of Greater China, thereby helping to gauge the potential role of China in the global economy. Prospects of a currency union in Greater China, an extreme form of integration, are also evaluated with respect to benefits and
costs to the three parties. In addition, the authors provide complementary discussions regarding the degree of integration between China and several Pacific Rim economies, including those of Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the United States.”

To whet your appetite, here are some papers related to the analyses contained in the book.


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5 thoughts on “The Economic Integration of Greater China

  1. Rich Berger

    “Economic integration” is just a euphemism for conquest of Taiwan. I suspect the Taiwanese don’t want to be integrated.

  2. Barkley Rosser

    Rich Berger,
    Well, right now a lot of that economic integration takes the form of wealthy Taiwanese investing in the PRC. Thus there are gated communities of wealthy Taiwanese outside of Shanghai. Political domination by the PRC may be the long run outcome, but it is not at all obvious that is in the near to medium term.

  3. Charlie Stromeyer

    Professor Chinn, I am not an economist but my job is trading emerging markets equities (including Greater Chinese equities). Perhaps you might be interested to know that this paper finds a close connection between the Taiwanese stock market and the Shenzhen exchange (but not the Shanghai exchange):
    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=970517
    I remember a few years ago that the Prime Minister of Thailand wanted a common Asian currency. What does your work imply if anything about the prospects of a monetary union for Greater China or, more generally, for East Asia? Historically, what makes a monetary union work? Thanks

  4. DickF

    Rich,
    One of the most open secrets of “Greater China” is that Taiwan and the mainland are major traders. Each is actually benefiting from the other in such a way that more than saber rattling is very unlikely in their conflict. Greater China actually exists today. With the “communist” government of China finally witnessing the amazing success of capitalism there is an even better chance that there will be real integration of greater China.

  5. Sam

    Taiwan, HK, and China are all economically and culturally integrated to the extent that separation really doesn’t make sense anymore.

    Of course, HK is still a “Special Administrative District,” and it has its own currency and a distinct dialect, but HK folks have a 70% stake in nearby businesses in Guangdong & nearby provinces.

    And I suspect that the only thing that the Taiwanese and the mainlanders will argue about is who speaks Mandarin with a better accent.

    I’ll probably give Taiwan another 15 years or so before all of “Greater China” officially becomes one again (HK already is a part of China with a special status). If you talk to any of the locals in Taiwan or HK, you’ll probably hear that’s what they think too.

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