ICT standards cooperation among China-Japan-Korea: 'In the same bed with different dreams'

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As the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between China and Korea is completed, and one among China, Japan and Korea (CJK) is being discussed, a renewed attention is given to the three countries' efforts to establish a Northeast Asian regional standards cooperation mechanism. In this paper, two ICT-oriented standards cooperative programs among the three countries, CJK-SITE and CJK-ITSM, are selected as a research setting and examined. The analysis indicates that the slow progress of CJK ICT standards cooperation can be explained by two conflicting perspectives: techno-regionalism and techno-nationalism. From the techno-regionalism perspective, standards cooperation will position CJK at a more strategic standing to effectively respond to the ever-intensifying global standards wars over the international ICT market. However, there exist significant gaps among the three countries as to why and how to purse the standards cooperation. The authors attribute the gaps to techno-nationalism which dominates the agenda of each country's national standardization policy. Despite the apparent rationales for regional cooperation, as a Chinese proverb says, it seems that the three countries go to 'the same bed with different dreams.'

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Standardization Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2014S1A3A2043505).

Funding Information:
The first meeting was organized by Korea and pushed forward in tune with the Korean government’s strong initiative to position the country as a standardization hub in the Northeast Asian region. As such, even though the CJK-ITSM was operated as a private-led initiative, the strong influence from the Korean government was evident at least during the early stages, as the official stance of Korean representatives in the meeting was heavily influenced, sometimes directly instructed, by the government, the then Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and later the Korea Communications Commission (KCC). Whereas such close relationship with the government has waded away over time at least from the Korean side, CJK-ITSM is still financially supported by the KCC fund for the TTA, under which the CJK collaboration is pursued as one strand of a broader range of international ICT standards cooperation activities.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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