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1 CIER, Sept A SINGLE CURRENCY FOR THE GREATER CHINESE ECONOMIC AREA ─The EU Paradiam Reconsidered─ presented by Dr. Cherng-Shin Ouyang Research Fellow Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research 75, Chang-Hsin St.,Taipei, Taiwan Conference on The Economic and Security Situation after Taiwan’s Elections 23 September 2008 Organized by the Centre of East Asia Study, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Warsaw School of Economics and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Poland Sponsored by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Poland, and the National Sciences Council (ROC-Taiwan)

2 CIER, Sept Glossary AFCAsian Financial Crisis AMFAsian Monetary Fund AMOAsian Monetary Organization ASEANAssociation of South East Asia Nations CADCurrency Areas Delimiting/demarcation CBCCentral Bank of China CBSCurrency Board System CCACommon Currency Area CCBGsCommittee of Central Bank Governors CECACloser Economic Cooperation Arrangement CEPACloser Economic Partnership Arrangement DPPDemocratic Progressive Party EAMAEast Asian Monetary Authority ECBEuropean Central Bank ECSCEuropean Coal and Steel Community EECEuropean Economic Community EMCFEuropean Monetary Cooperation Fund EMSEuropean Monetary System EMUEuropean Monetary Union ERMExchange Rate Mechanism ESCBEuropean System of Central Bank EUEuropean Union GCCGulf Cooperation Council GCEAGreater Chinese Economic Area HKMAHong Kong Monetary Authority IMFInternational Monetary Fund KMTKoumingtan MERCOSUR Mercado com ú n del Sur MNCsMultinational Companies NAFTANorth America Free Trade Agreement

3 CIER, Sept Glossary NIEsNewly-Industrializing Economies NT$New Taiwan Dollars OCAOptimum Currency Area OPEC Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries PRCPeople’s Republic of China RMBrenminbi SARSpecial Administration Region SCASingle Currency Agenda SEZsSpecial Economic Zones WTOWorld Trade Organization

4 CIER, Sept Contents 1- Introduction 2- The EU Paradigm in Perspective 2.1 A Brief History of EMU 2.2 Implications of the EMU 2.3 Future Prospect

5 CIER, Sept Contents 3- Single Currency in East Asia or GCEA? 3.1 ASEAN-Plus Monetary Cooperation :Phase Monetary Cooperation: Phase The Greater Chinese Economic Area Axis-1 (China-Taiwan): Partly Suffocated Axis-2 (Hong Kong-China): Vibrant As Ever Axis-3 (Taiwan-Hong Kong): Unequal Dependence 3.3 ASEAN-Plus and GCEA: A Preliminary Comparison 3.4 Rebuilding Axis-1

6 CIER, Sept Contents 4- Scope for Trans-Adaptation of EMU 4.1 The Tyranny of the Petrodollar Standard Two Forms of Transfer Hedging for Profit or Risk Management? The Petrodollar Standard 4.2 Divorcing from the Dollar World Consensus Building Slow or Fast Track? Monetary Union Depend on Pay-Offs Simulations 4.3. Objective Convergence Criteria versus Political Economy Similarity and Differences Irrelevance of the EU Paradigm

7 CIER, Sept Contents 5- The Way Ahead 5.1 EU Paradigm Modified 5.2 Trouble-Maker: The US Ultra-Liberalism 5.3 CAD Prior to OCA in System Switch 5.4 Final Remarks

8 CIER, Sept Fig.1 Currency Areas in terms of Foreign Assets Holding £ SF GCEA ¥ Dollar World EMU

9 CIER, Sept Proposed Currency Areas Western Africaunderdeveloped infrastructure MERCOSURclosed economy, high volatility in capital flows, interest conflict over dollarization Gulf Cooperation Council Huge difference in country size and disagreement on the location of central bank NAFTAUS insistence on a dominant role for the federal reserve system and US$ and Canada’s uneven economic geography ASEAN+3 (East Asia Minor) Adherence to the non-interference principle on domestic affairs, disagreement on the composition of a currency basket GCEAPolitical hindrance (Taiwan) One China, two systems (Hong Kong)

10 CIER, Sept Footprint of Euro ECSC (1951) EEC (1957) EC (1967) EMS (1979) Whitle Paper on Completion of the Internal Market (1985) Single Market Act (1991) Treaty of Maastricht (1991) ECU (1992) EU (1993) The Stability and Growth Pact (1997) EMU (1999) : 11 Member Eurozone, Dual Circulation EMU (2002) : Single Currency 25 Member EU (2004) 13 Member Eurozone (2007) 15 Member Eurozone (2008)

11 CIER, Sept Characteristics of the EMU Broad-based experiment ever attempted through peaceful means Triggered by strong program architects and governmental commitment Carefully planned and forcefully implemented Developed from grass-root, expanded through consensus building Increasing ECB’s influence in world trade and finance Global turmoil-weathering power rises in commensurate with the EU aspiration to forward-looking perspective Growth of the euro-zone as a more cohesive shock absorber

12 CIER, Sept Characteristics of the EMU Sustained by drive towards continuous deepening and widening The theory of the “optimal currency area” corroborated (Mundel/McKinnon) Closely following the five-stages thesis for integration (Balassa) Gradualism prevailed Visible hands play a large part Ad hoc policies become endogenous not exogenous variables throughout the integration process

13 CIER, Sept Future Prospect EU integration breaks record on many fronts A monument or living paradigm ! enlarged EU proper converted gradually into a more homogeneous and consolidated entity Post-911 dollar started its landslide as never before; traders dump the US dollar and dollar-denominated assets round the world, more so after spiraling oil price (2003) GDP of Eurozone (EU15)surpassed the US in 2007

14 CIER, Sept Future Prospect EU status would not have taken place without EMU: magic of the single currency agenda! € , An increasingly powerful reserve currency of the world The most fundamental change to the international monetary system since the collapse of the Breton Woods system Might rival dollar as the world's paramount international reserve currency, heyday of dollar hegemony is foredoomed

15 CIER, Sept Single Currency in East Asia or GCEA? ASEAN-Plus ( GI ) has received more attention whereas GCEA ( GII ) conspicuous less Level of market integration, ethnic-cultural homogeneity, geographical proximity, common heritage, GII substantially higher than that of GI Institutional framework for cooperation and goal-setting, GI on a higher level

16 CIER, Sept Monetary Cooperation of ASEAN-Plus: Phase 1 Creating an internal market: Reacting against regional protectionism posed by EU and NAFTA in 1990s Reinforced at the Asian financial crisis (APC): to create the AMF Taiwan: access to multilateral groupings restricted to sovereign states

17 CIER, Sept Monetary Cooperation of ASEAN-Plus: Phase 2 “Chiang Mai Initiative” reached by ASEAN +3 for maintaining exchange rates stability (2000), FTA concluded alternatively between ASEAN and China (2002), Japan (2003) and South Korea (2006), each on a different basis Signing of the ASEAN Constitution and the Economic Blueprint at the 13 th ASEAN summit (2007) China prioritized by ASEAN as the contracting partner for FTA Building the institutional capacity to coordinate financial and monetary policies and to facilitate disclosure of information

18 CIER, Sept The Greater Chinese Economic Area Axis-1 (China-Taiwan) : Partly Suffocated Taiwan Mandatory regime on bilateral relations undergoes constant modifications KMT sought to resume talks with Beijing, failed due to top-down repetitive sabotages: 1990s De-sinocization mobilized by pan-Green separatists: 2000s~ China Adopts an open-door policy towards Taiwan and the world without discrimination Main Features Asymmetric integration and dependence: trade, investment, financial linkages Decade-spanning stagnation in development of bilateral ties entailing nothing but stalemate

19 CIER, Sept The Greater Chinese Economic Area Axis-2 (Hong Kong-China): Vibrant As Ever Hong Kong A cosmopolitan trans-shipment hub Regional headquarters of the MNCs Survive the AFC upon first aid from Beijing Currency Board System (CBS) introduced in 1983 Largest direct investor in China Bilateral Ties: FTA Plus CEPA-1(2004) CEPA-2 (2005) CEPA-3 (2007) Main features Restructured and assimilated into the Zhu-river delta in southern China Single currency agenda contradicts the “one country two systems” dictum HKMA satisfied with the CBS

20 CIER, Sept Monetary Cooperation of ASEAN-Plus: Phase 2 Axis-3 (Taiwan-Hong Kong): Unequal Dependence “Taiwan-Hong Kong” interdependence devoid of less man-made obstacles Taiwan depends more on Hong Kong than the other way round Hong Kong exploit as much arbitration charges as the extra transaction costs incurred on Taiwan by having to do business with mainland China indirectly The scope for bilateral convergence in monetary system considerably less than Axis-1 and Axis-2

21 CIER, Sept GI and GII: A Preliminary Comparison Formal integration in GI much higher than GII for the time being, in real terms GI lags substantially behind especially when contrasted against Axis-2 To close the gap: Axis-1has to be rehabilitated Evidences: GII is more or less a homogeneous entity Much less coordinating efforts are required in redressing intra- region differences along Axis-1 and Axis-2 Disparities in income and development levels are reducing rapidly

22 CIER, Sept Rebuilding Axis-1 Post-election easing of age-old cross-Strait tensions Taipei has taken the initiative for reapprochment The rationales: to recoup the incalculable economic losses arising from the “suicidal” mainland China policies in the past The new orthodox: reversing the past wrong-doings in a spirit of calculated and outgoing pragmatism CEPA-like FTA to be negotiated with Beijing considered a priority SCA cannot be excluded in the medium run as long as both the objective and subjective conditions are met

23 CIER, Sept Scope for Trans-Adaptation of EMU Motives for monetary union: (1) guard against the threat of financial crisis, (2) to enhance total welfare of the region concerned The aborted East Asian model is reflective of the first and relatively modest objective The EU model shows more characteristics of the second For GCEA: ongoing crisis (a system- or mega-crisis) is of an utterly different specie Those that have been taken hostage within reach of the crisis- chain start to look for emergence exit EU, sheltered by a dense wall of euro-dominated internal market exhibits greater resilience The critical questions: how are we to characterize the current crisis? Secondly, what is the scope for trans-adaptation of the EU paradigm to the GCEA?

24 CIER, Sept Tyranny of the Petrodollar Standard Current crisis: categorically diverse in origin and manifestation Crisis syndrome: plummeting US dollar, oil crisis, sub-prime mortgages, food shortages, inflation, climate changes, etc. Causally related and in one way or the other Against which conventional wisdom is powerless to diagnose or to rescue: APC pales by comparison Has little to do with trade cycle nor that of speculative attacks on particular victims But one of irremediable sclerosis that derives overwhelmingly from the intrinsic weakness of human brain in system design and maintenance (US ultra-liberalism) In the monetary-financial sphere there is singularly one origin-the US economy, principally the discredited dollar standard

25 CIER, Sept Forms of Wealth Transfer Dollar tyranny delivers shock waves across the globe amounting to imposition of compulsory tax on ROW Causes: the 911 attack, deteriorating US economic fundamentals, credibility deficit of Bush administration Out of benign or vicious neglect: the Fed/US Treasury choose to do nothing ! Burden sharing and diversification, dollar weakness entails enormous wealth transfer in two parts: stock and flow/visible and invisible

26 CIER, Sept Forms of Wealth Transfer Visible Impacts  Stock: wealth position of creditors nations dwindles (Major victims: China, Japan, OPEC, and the Asian NIEs)  Flow: US to print fiat currency and exports inflation to oil consumers by keeping dollar cheap while draining resources backwardly

27 CIER, Sept Forms of Wealth Transfer Invisible Impacts  exchange rate manipulation (viciously neglected!)  To reap and manage creditors assets according to the terms dictated by the Fed!  Dollar-anchored Central Banks (CBC) deprived of policy autonomy  Hypothesis awaits verification: game-based economic warfare in disguise staged by the US without declaration!  Dollar intrigue has positioned the US in a superior bargaining lever (70% of world trade invoiced in dollar)

28 CIER, Sept Hedging for Profit or Risk Management? Exchange rate risks and losses rise against dollar volatility (slide) Losses are greater the more exported products are priced in dollar and sourcing of intermediate inputs priced in non-dollar Chaos evidenced throughout chain-linked turmoil in crude futures, the housing mortgages and other financial derivatives traded in US dollar. Critics bypass the more significant role of the derivatives markets Drawing the borderline demarcating the role of financial derivatives market between risk-hedging and speculative gains: a barometer for diagnosing the world financial health US monetary-financial authority, again, choose to neglect!

29 CIER, Sept The Petrodollar Standard World monetary-financial system in chaos in post-Bretton Woods era Causes of world financial crisis still to be explored in depth but in origination crude oil denominated in US dollar (dating from 1973) is considered decisive in crisis contagion

30 CIER, Sept Divorcing from the Dollar World For GCEA, divorcing from the dollar world towards a “common currency area” is a priority for engineering a paradigm shift Officially, the SCA is not an object of immediate concern for Beijing and Taipei Switching from one system to a qualitatively different one is a multi-faceted and dynamic process of path searching and selection System-switch involving more than one economy has to coordinate the decisions and efforts of all relevant participants As a comparison, the euro-propelled EU expansion is a muscle- building process, whereas for the GCEA crisis- insulation is more decisive

31 CIER, Sept Consensus Building Contacts and resolution of issues on cross-Strait flows and cooperation resurface after power switch The proposed CECA pact with Beijing signals an advance among others for cementing bilateral It is high time to examine the claimed merits for establishing a yuan-bloc The case is much simpler for launching the common currency in Hong Kong Throughout the negotiation process tripartite consensus- building is indispensable

32 CIER, Sept Slow or Fast Track? Choice between slow and fast track in monetary union is preconditioned, weighted by decision-makers’ preferences The Mundell-Balassa model has often been employed as the orthodox blueprint for monetary integration processes (hailed as the economist approach in the EU) The EU model is unique; the validity of this model cannot be duplicated without modifications In the case of GCEA the fast track would be the more credible (hailed as the monetarist approach) with crisis-circumventing as the top priority Owing to the disproportionate weights of the GCEA-trio the proposed SCA is supposed to share greater resemblance with Slovenia’s entrance into the Eurozone

33 CIER, Sept Monetary Union Depend on Pay-Offs Simulations Decision to move towards a yuan-bloc conditional upon differences in the outcome of simulated intertemporal pay-off to the GCEA-trio in question Two sets of criteria are employed for assessing differences in the outcome: i.e. visible and invisible wealth transfer Three scenarios may be envisaged depending on the extent according to which the avowed decision is endogenous to the transfer processes: high, medium, and low In the extreme (highly endogenous) case, creation of the yuan- bloc would trigger worldwide massacre of the dollar assets of which China, boasting huge dollar assets, becomes a major victim of its own decision

34 CIER, Sept Monetary Union Depend on Pay-Offs Simulations Concurrent with downsizing of the dollar world panic sale-off would drive the global economy to the brink of collapse A dilemma in decision-making arises henceforth which is clearly undesirable but one that was not a problem for the EU It seems illegitimate to contend that the polar opposite (low endogenous) scenario is more likely The intermediate scenarios cannot be ruled out a priori

35 CIER, Sept Objective Convergence Criteria versus Political Economy EU economic and monetary integration: highly politically motivated EU was not an OCC but a quasi-OCC up to the time when Single Market was formed in 1993 Evidences: greater intra-community convergence in terms of co- movement dynamics over the interval 1966~79 and 1979~92:  Cross-country correlation in employment growth grew from 0.49 to 0.63  Intra-country correlation decreased from 0.33 to 0.13 while that between selected sub-regions (e.g, Italy and Germany) increased from to 0.23 EU expansion: picking accession candidates for widening

36 CIER, Sept Similarity and Differences: EU and GCEA Similarity (hypothesis):  Along axis-1 and axis-2: cross-Strait economic co-movements greater between sub-regions than broad economy  Absorption (akin to EU-widening after 2004): small parts (Taiwan and Hong Kong) being subsumed and assimilated (hypothesis to be rectified) into PRC instead of reciprocal assimilation between equal partners Differences (hypothesis):  Along axis-1 and -2: GCEA based on disparate weight and greater inter- GCEA division of labour of the trio (in contrast to the oligopolistic power structure and greater intra-EU division of labour)  Motives for building the yuan-bloc: to disengage from the dollar world  Rationale: ascertaining “boundary conditions” for building the yuan-bloc prior to fulfillment of the objective criteria furnished by the process leading to the EMU

37 CIER, Sept Relevance of the EU Paradigm The schematic relevance of the EU paradigm to GCEA can be examined through two perspectives: that of the continued eastward expansion of the EU and the assumed non- optimality of the dollar-based GCEA. Geopolitical considerations prevail over economic rationales in post-2004 EU expansion. As a corollary, non-optimality of the dollar-based GCEA has two dimensions. Dimension 1(hypothesis): to prove that the dollar standard adopted in current GCEA-trio cannot be sustained (is non- optimal); this may be verified by subdividing the wealth transfer effect into a “visible” and “invisible” part (see §4.1.1), both in terms of “stock” and “flow” by tracing associated changes in the macroeconomic variables of the GCEA-trio as against the dollar world

38 CIER, Sept Relevance of the EU Paradigm Deminsion-2 (hypothesis): to characterize the “boundary conditions” (i.e. threshold conditions demarcating one currency area from the other) by two methods: (1) the method of reductio ad absurdum along the three axes with respect to the US economy, respectively, and (2) the method for ascertaining the requirements for upholding the yuan-bloc Addendum: there is no need to wait for RMB being made convertible internationally for introducing yuan as the common currency in GCEA; regionally convertible would suffice

39 CIER, Sept The Way Ahead: EU Paradigm Modified For many regional groupings on the pipeline creation of a region-based monetary union remains an attractive but distant luxury Following the launch of euro revived interests and aspirations to the SCA duly followed throughout the world but mostly confined to thought experiments Being a more compact and homogeneous entity the GCEA looks fit to initiate the project with less visible hindrance compared to ASEAN-plus However, to divorce from the crisis-plagued dollar world the EU paradigm will have to be modified In the same spirit this paper seeks to identify the prospect of similar design for the GCEA

40 CIER, Sept The Way Ahead Trouble-Maker: The US Ultra-Liberalism Source of trouble: world financial crisis originates almost exclusively from the US Ultra-liberal capitalism: in genesis current crisis is totally different from that characterized by market disequilibrium, financial speculation, or trade cycle Triple crisis in one: globalized US terrorism consists of oil, housing, and financial derivatives--each having a life cycle of its own emanating from a built-in system sclerosis exacerbated by decades-spanning twin-deficits (plus the credibility deficit of US Administration) Burden diversification: unable to survive on its own US decision- makers have opted for an easy way out, to export home-grown disaster abroad

41 CIER, Sept The Way Ahead Trouble-Maker: The US Ultra-Liberalism Disengage from the dollar world once for all: it is feared that the US-germinating crisis will acquire a permanence of its own and resurrect in transformed form in one way or the other in the future Means for doing so: a fundamental switch in monetary system

42 CIER, Sept The Way Ahead: CAD Prior to OCA in System Switch Framework for conducting system switch analysis (separated by boundary/threshold criteria of two currency regimes): static and dynamic Comparative static (temporal equilibrium)  Two forms of decision rule (hypothesis) put forward in this paper  First rule in system switch (A): (CAD-based) net inter- regional transfer accrued to the OCA in question is positive  Second rule in system switch (B): net intra-regional transfer accrued to the OCA in question is positive  Third rule (C): conventional OCA theorem (Balassa-Mundel)

43 CIER, Sept The Way Ahead: CAD Prior to OCA in System Switch  Application of the first rule for GCEA: net simulated (static) potential losses (gains) after transition by adhering to the dollar standard is greater (less) than that by adopting the yuan standard  Priority in use of decision rules based on set theory: C ⊂ B ⊂ A  System switch pays provided it can be validated by the results of simulation conducted for each of the GCEA-trio Addendum (omit)  Dynamic (intertemporal equilibrium)  Invisible output-impact transfer due to changes in the degree of policy autonomy)

44 CIER, Sept Final Remarks Ranking in hierarchical order, CAD is the fundamental whereas OCA the secondary criteria in ascertaining the boundary conditions separating members from non-members of a monetary union A monetary union is not just an emergency exit but a more durable artificial construct aimed at weathering the storm of future crisis; the disproportionate size of the GCEA-trio compared to that of the EMU suggests that considerably less coordinating efforts are involved in creating the yuan-bloc The yuan-bloc is created in three consecutive steps but a quick fix is preferred A multi-polar world is not feasible without yuan being made a key international reserve currency A handsome amount of arguments and contentions presented in this essay are subject still to empirical verifications

45 CIER, Sept Thank you for your attention !


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