This edited volume comprises papers contributed by regional experts. The papers explore the possibility of creating an Asian economic community given the existing bilateral and plurilateral preferential trading arrangements in Asia. Starting with an exposition of the concept of an economic community in Asia, the book evaluates the economic rationale of such a formation in the region. While presenting the alternative view from India and China, the book also explores issues of deeper economic integration like services and investment initiatives and their possible implications for regional economic integration in Asia.
Dr. Amita Batra is a Senior Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. Her research areas are regional trade agreements, international financial integration and cross border capital flows with a special focus on Asia. In a career spanning over 16 years of teaching and research, Dr. Batra has had the opportunity to lecture a variety of audience comprising academics and policymakers and has acted as external adviser to the Govt. of India on a number of international trade research projects. She has to her credit several national and international publications in refereed and other journals, books etc.