Understand the Asia-Pacific economic revolution -- and its extraordinary implications.This book analyzes why the Asia-Pacific region has rapidly emerged as the world's third major trading area, and shows how this region is coming together as a cohesive "growth pole." Understand the role of intra-regional trade and foreign direct investment; learn how the Asia-Pacific economies view world trade. Understand APEC, ASEAN, and the long-term implications of Asia-Pacific interdependence. Learn about Japan's role in leading the Asia-Pacific economic bloc. Finally, take a close look at five of these powerhouse economies: Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand.This book is for any professional or student interested in the Asia-Pacific economies --and the world economy in the 21st century.