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Pradumna B. Rana and Wai-Mun Chia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199479283

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199479283.001.0001

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Perception Survey of Asian Opinion Leaders

Perception Survey of Asian Opinion Leaders

(p.161) 6 Perception Survey of Asian Opinion Leaders1
Jumpstarting South Asia

Pradumna B. Rana

Wai-Mun Chia

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the results of an online perception survey of South Asian and East Asian opinion leaders defined as representatives of the academia, government officials, business, and media. The objective of the survey was to assess the views of the stakeholders in SA and EA on the relative strengths of the key findings of the earlier chapters of the book. A sample of 5,300 respondents was selected and the survey was undertaken to assess the views of opinion leaders on findings and recommendations of the above chapters. Are the findings and recommendations robust? Among the questions asked were: What are the benefits and costs of SA/EA integration? What are the respective roles of market-led versus regional cooperation policies? Could SA/EA integration be an example of ‘open’ regionalism? What are the policies that SA should adopt under their LEP2 to link themselves with production networks in EA? What is the role of connectivity? What are the factors that have led to the revival of land connectivity or old South-western Silk Road in Asia? Should efforts to promote ASEAN–India connectivity be supported? Should the membership of East Asian institutions be expanded to cover South Asian countries or should South Asia establish its own institutions? In particular, should India be invited to join the various ASEAN+3 initiatives for financial cooperation? Should South Asian countries (other than India) be invited to join the negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership? Why is the level of economic integration in SA low and can SA–EA integration reinvigorate economic integration in South Asia?

Keywords:   Perception survey, economic integration, South-western Silk Road, ASEAN+3, financial cooperation, ‘open’ regionalism

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