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Asia-Pacific Security

Policy Challenges

David W Lovell

Publication Year: 2003

Since September 11, 2001, our newspapers have been filled with the ‘war on terror’; our governments have mobilized their resources for ‘homeland security’; and people everywhere are braced for more terrorist attacks. Yet while the new threat is genuine, we must not lose sight of the continuing security concerns in the Asia-Pacific. Tensions persist on the Korean peninsula, in the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea, and in Kashmir. The region is well supplied with weapons of mass destruction and may face an arms race, and there are a range of pressing human security issues. Likewise, the strategic realities of the region remain linked with US power, and with the emergence of China as a key regional player. Asia-Pacific Security examines the developing strategic relationships in the region, and clarifies the dilemmas for Australian policy-makers as they try to balance genuine engagement with the region against a long-standing and valued alliance with the United States. This book has a particular relevance for foreign-policy professionals and scholars of the region.

Published by: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Frontmatter

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-6

Notes on Contributors

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pp. vi-ix

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Preface to the second printing

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pp. xi-11

This collection began its life in discussions held in Canberra in August 2001 between the School of Politics of the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA) and the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS). The results of that very productive dialogue see...

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1 Australia and Asia-Pacific security after September 11: an introduction

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pp. 1-16

The aim of this collection is to examine the long-term security issues and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, with particular reference to Australia and its regional role. The Asia-Pacific is large and diverse, and has only recently begun to acquire a sense of itself as a distinct region, committed to a security dialogue...

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2 The challenge for Australian foreign-policy professionals

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pp. 17-28

Most of the chapters in this collection are by specialists in the Asia-Pacific region, each of them expert in the politics of its various countries and their numerous interactions. It is a region so vast—extending, on some accounts, from the shores of the Americas to the Indian subcontinent, and from Dunedin...

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3 The rhetoric of Australia’s regional policy

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pp. 29-46

Discussing the evolution of Australia’s regional policy involves making some assessment of conflicting partisan claims as to its invention and promotion. Former Prime Ministers Paul Keating (1991–96) and Gough Whitlam (1972–75) both claim to have invented the idea of pursuing engagement or community in the...

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4 Australia’s strategic options in the US-China relationship

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pp. 47-60

As with most papers written by former public servants, this one begins with two disclaimers. First, the views expressed here are those of the author alone, and in no way intended to reflect the policies or the views of the Australian Department of Defence. Second, this is not an academic contribution. Rather, it is...

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5 China and Asia-Pacific security building in the new century

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pp. 61-69

Since the end of the Cold War, great attention has been focused on building up a new Asia-Pacific security mechanism. Many countries in the region have been taking an active part in this process. Security dialogues have been carried on in varied forms at different levels. The main purpose of such kinds of...

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6 China’s efforts as a responsible power

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pp. 70-77

The Chinese economy has been steadily developing in recent years. If China can maintain the trend of its economic development, by the middle of the 21st century China will be among the great powers of the world. Whether China can become a responsible great power or not will depend on both internal...

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7 The knowledge-based economy in China: perceptions and facts

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pp. 78-88

In the past two years the knowledge-based economy has frequently been mentioned in the mass media in China. But among Chinese academics, what the knowledge-based economy really means and whether it has been an important part of the world economy have been heatedly argued over. Some...

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8 China’s ‘New Security Concept’ and Southeast Asia

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pp. 89-107

This chapter critically assesses China’s ‘new concept of security’ as a guide to Chinese relations with the states of Southeast Asia. First, the chapter discusses the evolution of China’s ‘new concept of security’, the structure of China’s multilateral relations with the Association of South East Asian Nations...

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9 Chinese nationalism and its foreign policy implications

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pp. 108-125

On 1 April 2001, a US spy plane and a Chinese jet fighter collided in mid-air about 60 miles off the coast of China’s Hainan Island. The collision killed the Chinese pilot and forced the US plane to undertake an emergency landing at a nearby Chinese military airbase. Largely unexpected, the incident...

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10 Japan’s missile defence dilemma

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pp. 126-140

As the key ally of the United States in Northeast Asia and being in close proximity to North Korea (part of the ‘axis of evil’), Japan is now centre-stage in the current debate over missile defence. The Japanese government’s approach towards development of, and any future participation in, missile defence...

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11 Security and stability in Southwest Asia

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pp. 141-153

On 11 September 2001, al-Qa’ida’s attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon triggered a sequence of events which transformed the security environment of Southwest Asia. Not since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 had the action of non-state actors...

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12 Mediating the global order: the past and future of Asia-Pacific regional organizations

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pp. 154-165

Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific—a topic that has spawned a veritable cottage industry of definitions over the past decade—is at its weakest and most contested level since the end of the Cold War. Four years ago, a financial crisis occurred which had much more profound effects than just on regional...

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13 The constructivist challenge to the debate on East Asian security in the new century

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pp. 166-184

How should we perceive and anticipate the prospects for East Asian security—both Northeast and Southeast Asia—in the 21st century? Is this region prepared for a new millennium of peace and stability, or will it be one of the main sources of future chaos and global conflict? Western scholars have...

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14 Australian-American relations in the new century: applying resuscitation or pursuing illusions?

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pp. 185-201

More than a decade after the end of the Cold War and with Australian forces set to embark upon a major military intervention in the Persian Gulf along with their American and British counterparts in early 2003, it is appropriate to measure how effective the Howard government has been in ‘resuscitating...

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Epilogue. Asia-Pacific security in the age of the ‘war on terror’

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pp. 203-213

On 11 September 2004 we commemorated the third anniversary of the tragic events of 9–11. We now know 9–11 as a step in the growing campaign against US power and Western values around the world by extremist Muslim terrorists, but it finally brought the focus of the struggle into the open...

Index

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pp. 214-216


E-ISBN-13: 9789812307088
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812302137

Page Count: 206
Publication Year: 2003

Edition: 1