The University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program has published the booklet Trade and Shipping in the Pacific Rim. The 91-page publication was compiled and edited by Dr. Gerard Mangone, University Research Professor of International and Maritime Law.
“Although the Atlantic Ocean once carried the greater part of U.S. overseas trade, in recent decades the Pacific Ocean has borne the larger share of U.S. commerce by sea,” says Mangone. “The spectacular rise in international trade in the Pacific Rim has been due to the developing economies of the East Asian countries in the final decades of the twentieth century.”
Trade and Shipping in the Pacific Rim is a collection of four articles written by graduate students in the Marine Policy Program at UD’s Graduate College of Marine Studies. The first three articles examine trade and shipping in China, Japan, and Korea, respectively; and the final article summarizes trade and shipping between the United States and Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China.
“Trade and Shipping in China” is written by Kinam Jeong, a graduate of the Korean Maritime University. Jeong, who has worked for more than a decade in the Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, defines key factors such as China’s domestic policies and energy needs that affect trade and shipping in that country. He concludes with a brief description of China’s foreign trade and its shipping industry.
Chengfeng Wang, who has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Dalian Maritime University in China, is the author of the second article, “Trade and Shipping in Japan.” After providing a brief overview of Japan’s economy, Wang describes the importance of its shipping and ports to this island nation. He concludes his article with a look at the future of foreign trade and shipping in Japan.
“Trade and Shipping in Korea” is discussed by Haikwang Kim, a graduate of the Korean Maritime University and former member of the Korean navy. Kim, who is currently employed by the Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, looks at Korea’s dependency on foreign trade before describing the current status of its shipping industry and ports.
The last article, “Trade and Shipping in the United States” by William Johnson, is a synopsis of trade between the United States and Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China. Johnson, a UD graduate and assistant to Delaware Senator Joseph R. Biden, examines the U.S. ports serving these countries as well as the shipping lines that play a key role in maintaining trade with Pacific Rim countries.
Mangone has been a member of UD’s faculty since 1972, when he organized the Marine Policy Program in the fledgling Graduate College of Marine Studies. He served as director of that program until 1986. In 1973, he created the Center for the Study of Marine Policy, which was recently renamed in his honor, and was its director for 16 years.
Trade and Shipping in the Pacific Rim is available for $13.00. To order a copy, please send a check, made payable to the University of Delaware, to the Marine Public Education Office, 222 South Chapel Street, Room 103, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716–3530. Please be sure to include your name and full address. For more information or to pay with a credit card, call the Marine Public Education Office at (302) 831-8083, or e-mail MarineCom@udel.edu.
Printing of the booklet was supported by the UD Sea Grant College Program, a member of a national network of universities committed to research, education, and technology transfer designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes regions.