Cross-border governance in Asia: An introduction

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Countries in Asia and the Pacific, the fastest growing region in the world, have become more interdependent as a result of globalization. Information, ideas, culture, people, resources, capital and crime all move across borders in larger numbers than ever before. As such, problems and challenges that face one nation often have a rippling impact throughout the region. Essential to this understanding is the issue of externalities, where costs and benefits may be assumed by countries and people who in any given situation have little or no control over the decisions which resulted in them. As a result, the international community has gained an improved understanding of the urgency and importance of addressing the challenges of development, cross-border issues, as well as other issues of shared concern.

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