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Research Paper
Published online: May 30, 2017

Brexit's Challenge to Globalization and Implications for Asia: A Chinese Perspective

Shucheng Wang
City University of Hong Kong School of Law, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
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Brexit represents a backlash against globalization and runs in parallel with Donald Trump's presidential election. Both of these signal the rise of the nation-state and the rejection of the neoliberal vision of globalization in which national sovereignty has been increasingly dissolved. The article argues that it also has fundamental implications for Asia. In particular, China as the world's second largest economy is playing a bigger role in the region. Furthermore, with the rise of China, Asia's global order has become relatively fragile and multilayered in the sense that all big powers, such as the US and Japan, have their relative positions in the region simultaneously. In this regard, it would be more realistic for Asian countries to base their integration on their national sovereignty in a pragmatic way that they can maintain flexibility to the changing order of the world.

Keywords : Brexit, Globalization, Asia, Rise of China, National Sovereignty

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