Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim, term used to describe the nations bordering the Pacific Ocean and the island countries situated in it. In the post–World War II era, the Pacific Rim has become an increasingly important and interconnected economic region. The economic growth of the west coast of the United States has coincided with Japan's emergence as an economic superpower and with the rise of highly developed industrial economies in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong are all world financial centers. Twenty-one Pacific Rim nations, including the United States and Canada, are members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which was established in 1989 to provide a forum for discussion on a broad range of economic issues, to encourage economic cooperation, and to promote trade among the market-oriented economies of the region. A permanent secretariat was established in Singapore in 1993. In the 1994 Bogor (Indonesia) Declaration APEC members agreed to establish a free-trade zone over a 26-year period.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The New Pacific Community in the 1990s
Young Jeh Kim.
M. E. Sharpe, 1996
The Emerging Technological Trajectory of the Pacific Rim
Denis Fred Simon.
M. E. Sharpe, 1995
The Future of the Pacific Rim: Scenarios for Regional Cooperation
Barbara K. Bundy; Stephen D. Burns; Kimberly V. Weichel.
Praeger, 1994
Cities in the Pacific Rim: Planning Systems and Property Markets
James Berry; Stanley McGreal.
E & FN Spon, 1999
The Pacific: A Mediterranean in the Making?
Blank, Paul W.
The Geographical Review, Vol. 89, No. 2, April 1999
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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The Pacific Rim: Investment, Development, and Trade
Peter N. Nemetz.
University of British Columbia Press, 1990 (2nd edition)
Cooperation or Rivalry? Regional Integration in the Americas and the Pacific Rim
Shoji Nishijima; Peter H. Smith.
Westview Press, 1996
The Pacific States of America: People, Politics, and Power in the Five Pacific Basin States
Neal R. Peirce.
W.W. Norton, 1972
Pacific-Asia and the Future of the World-System
Ravi Arvind Palat.
Greenwood Press, 1993
Asian Advantage: Key Strategies for Winning in the Asia-Pacific Region
George S. Yip.
Perseus Publishing, 2000 (Updated edition)
Economic Interaction in the Pacific Basin
Lawrence B. Krause; Sueo Sekiguchi.
The Brookings Institution, 1980
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