‘Hot economics, cold politics’ is a phrase used by scholars since the 1990s to describe the relations between states in Northeast Asia. It captures the counter-theory experience of the region that has highly interdependent economies but also thorny politics and security issues. In this module we will explore different approaches to understanding and explaining the relations between these states. The module starts by setting out some theories that we might view as relevant including some traditional and critical IR concepts. Afterwards, we move to look at the history of the region including the Chinese world order, Japanese empire and Cold War, and evaluate how these historical experiences inform current relations. The final part of this course explores some key issues or relationships, including, China-Japan relations, Japan-Korea (North and South), Taiwan, and the barriers to regionalism in Northeast Asia. In this section of the course we will also utilise key documents and evaluate their contribution to understanding and as a point of reference for providing critical reflections on the core and extended readings.