Abstract

China’s growth has brought important benefits to Southeast Asia. China’s “new diplomacy” has accommodated many of the region’s political concerns and its economic expansion has been an engine of growth for Southeast Asia. However, China’s rise brings challenges as well. China’s rapid naval build-up, more intensified disputes in the South China Sea, environmental problems and questions over China’s ultimate goals create concerns in the region. Southeast Asia’s strategy has been to accommodate China’s rise while striving to maintain the American position in the region. Southeast Asia has been successful in this strategy, although this balance will be increasingly difficult as China’s power increases.

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Additional Information

ISSN
0219-8614
Print ISSN
0219-7472
Pages
pp. 276-295
Launched on MUSE
2011-09-17
Open Access
No
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