Along with the development of economic globalization and the influence of regional integration of the EU and the NAFTA , East Asian countries have not only improved their trade liberalization but also knitted Free Trade Agreement (FTA) network aggressively to base the mutual economic and trade cooperation since 1990s.
Japan, which is East Asian economic power, had actively developed the East Asian regional integration strategies since 21st century, negotiated and signed EPA with Singapore, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Brunei, struggling for the leadership in East Asia with China behind the implicit inter-regional hegemony.
China has outstanding economic growth since it adopted the “Reform and Opening-up Policy” in 1978, earned the status of the “Global Factory”. In particular, upon its accession to the WTO in 2001, China actively negotiated about FTA with other countries, in addition to economic purposes, there are to promote its international status and enhance the regional influence of the political intention. It can be foreseen that Japan and China will rival for the dominance in the East Asia, that affecting Japan''s Strategies towards regional integration in East Asia, while the change of Japanese-Chinese relation is a key factor because of affecting the establishment of "East Asian Community" in the future.
Taiwan, in the face of economic integretion in Asia, should start thinking in response to enhance international competitiveness, and find the right time to cut into the East Asian economic integration process.