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China and Southeast Asia

Global Changes and Regional Challenges

Ho Khai Leong and Samuel C Y Ku

Publication Year: 2005

The relations between ASEAN and China occupy a unique and important position in the foreign relations of the Asia-Pacific region. China and Southeast Asia’s political, strategic and economic importance in the realm of international relations has been transformed by the region’s unprecedented economic growth, unexpected financial crisis, and turbulent political changes. This volume investigates the impacts of global changes and regional challenges confronting the contemporary developments of China–ASEAN relations. Topics include: changes in strategic perceptions, the economic challenges and legal considerations of the China-ASEAN FTA in the context of a multilateral trading system, the role of “East Asia”, non-traditional security issues, prospects of regionalism, China-Taiwan-ASEAN triangular relations, and Malaysia’s and Singapore’s diplomatic engagement with China. It offers authoritative arguments and a rich collection of ideas for policy-makers and interested readers to mull over.

Published by: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Tables

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pp. vii-viii

Abbreviations

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pp. ix-x

Contributors

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pp. xi-xvi

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xvii-xviii

The editors would like to thank the following organizations and individuals: the Sun Yat-sen Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies and Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, for their generous administrative and financial support; Professors Michael...

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INTRODUCTION: China-ASEAN Relations: Confronting New Realities by Ho Khai Leong

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pp. xix-

The relations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China occupy a unique and important position in the foreign relations of the Asia-Pacific region. China and Southeast Asia’s political, strategic and economic importance in the realm of international relations has been transformed by the region’s...

Part I: GLOBAL CHANGES & REGIONAL PERCEPTIONS

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pp. 1-

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1. CHINA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA: Changes in Strategic Perceptions by Wang Gungwu

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pp. 3-14

Many books have been written since the start of the new century to discuss the relations between China and Southeast Asia. Most have concentrated on more immediate challenges like China’s impact on Southeast Asian economic development and new ways of looking at the question of East Asian economic integration. Some...

Part II: CHINA-ASEAN FTA: Economic Statecraft and Policy Interests

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pp. 15-

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2. THE LOGIC OF CHINA-ASEAN FTA: Economic Statecraft of “Peaceful Ascendancy” by Vincent Wei-cheng Wang

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pp. 17-41

The regional political and economic order in East Asia1 has undergone a significant transformation since the end of the Cold War. One of the most important changes is China’s growing clout and influence in this region. Several important factors contribute to this development: China’s rapid and sustained economic growth...

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3. THE LEGAL AND POLICY CONSIDERATIONS OF CHINA-ASEAN FTA: The Impact on the Multilateral Trading System by Wang Jiang Yu

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pp. 42-79

One of the most striking features of international trade relations in the past decade is the fast growth of regionalism.1 Insofar as it involves the question of trade and discrimination, regionalism is considered to be one of the oldest “trade and …” problems (Mathis 2001, p. 1). Furthermore, regionalism is part of international...

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4. THE POTENTIAL OUTCOMES OF CHINA-ASEAN FTA: Politico-Economic Implications for Participating Countries by Suthiphand Chirathivat and Sothitorn Mallikamas

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pp. 80-108

The last few years of the twentieth century that marked East Asia in both politics and economics, especially for many countries in the ASEAN region, was the Asian crisis, and the emergence of China. Now, the first few years of the new century have been hit by the event of the...

Part III: CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS: Domestic, Regional and International Politics

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pp. 109-110

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5. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BEIJING’S BILATERAL RELATIONS: Looking ‘Below’ the Regional Level in China-ASEAN Ties by Jürgen Haacke

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pp. 111-145

Much attention has been devoted to recent developments in China-ASEAN ties at what might be called the regional level.1 In contrast, only few analyses have explored — above all from a comparative perspective — what role and significance individual...

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6. NON-TRADITIONAL SECURITY AND CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS: Co-operation, Commitments and Challenges by Cai Peng Hong

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pp. 146-169

Like other parts of the world, East Asian nations including China and ASEAN have been genuinely concerned about non-traditional security issues, particularly since the 1997 financial crisis and 2003 SARs. With this background, this chapter will focus on the new developments in political and security relations...

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7. THE POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF “EAST ASIA” IN CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS by Alice D. BA

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pp. 170-194

Since the late 1980s, East and Southeast Asia have been adapting to changes associated with the ending of the Cold War, especially the reprioritization of U.S. economic and strategic interests in Asia. Those changes introduced new realities in Southeast Asia’s relations with Northeast Asia, including new security concerns...

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8. ASEAN 1 OR CHINA 1? Regionalism and Regime Interests in ASEAN-China Relations by Ho Khai Leong

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pp. 195-210

China’s rise as an economic power in a rapidly changing international environment and stagnant global trade negotiations has had a great impact in ASEAN. The after-shock of the 1997–98 Asian financial crisis, Japan’s decadelong economic slump and the consequences of U.S.-led war against terrorism in the Southeast Asian...

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9. ASEAN-CHINA RELATIONS: Legacies and Future Directions by Reuben Mondejar and Wai Lung Chu

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pp. 211-228

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that China’s attempts to become globally competitive continues to gather momentum at breakneck speed. This chapter posits the view that in this globalization process, the relationship between China and ASEAN constitutes an important element, ASEAN being right in the heart of China’s...

Part IV: CHINA, TAIWAN & SOUTHEAST ASIA: Diplomatic Balance & Strategic Engagement

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pp. 229-

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10. TAIWAN’S DIPLOMACY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: Still Going-South? by Chen Jie

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pp. 231-258

This chapter discusses Taiwan’s relations with the ASEAN region in the politico-diplomatic sphere since the end of the Cold War, focusing on Taiwan’s policies and increasingly difficult advancement in the region. Taking into account the broader cross-strait, regional and international circumstances, the chapter looks into...

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11. THE CHANGING POLITICAL ECONOMY OF TAIWAN’S AND CHINA’S RELATIONS WITH SOUTHEAST ASIA: A Comparative Perspective by Samuel C.Y. Ku

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pp. 259-280

China has been divided since October 1949 when the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was established in Beijing, and the Republic of China (ROC), established on 10 October 1911, was forced to move its government to Taiwan. Since then both Chinese governments have been in conflict with one another over the...

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12. BALANCING, BANDWAGONING, OR HEDGING?: Strategic and Security Patterns in Malaysia’s Relations with China, 1981–2003 by Joseph Chinyong Liow

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pp. 281-306

Over the past decade, there has been extensive interest in the field of security studies in Southeast Asia for the political and strategic ramifications of the emergence of China as a great power. The extant literature however, has focused primarily on the so-called “Strategic Triangle” of U.S.-China-Japan relations and how its...

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13. SINGAPORE’S REACTION TO A RISING CHINA: Deep Engagement and Strategic Adjustment by Evelyn Goh

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pp. 307-327

Singapore is a minute island-state that has managed to punch above its weight in the regional and international arena because of its remarkable economic achievements and its active diplomacy. In terms of strategic security in the Asia-Pacific, Singapore’s perspective and thus its attitude towards China, is shaped by four factors...


E-ISBN-13: 9789812306302
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812302984

Page Count: 327
Publication Year: 2005

Edition: 1