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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
the changing order of the world.
Brexit, Globalization, Asia, Rise of China, National Sovereignty
∗ Professor/Visiting Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong School of Law; Chutian Scholar Professorship at
Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China. LL.M. (Oxon), Diploma (Emory), Ph.D. (Renmin Univ.) ORCID:
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6093-0574. The author may be contacted at: email@example.com / Address:
City University of Hong Kong School of Law, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
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