Southeast Asian perspectives on the China challenge

Evelyn Goh*

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Why have Southeast Asian states' threat perceptions regarding China been reduced significantly over the last 15 years? This article argues it is the result of astute Chinese diplomacy, successful Southeast Asian regional security strategy, and the relative restraint exercised by the major regional powers. The paper is divided into three sections that first outline Southeast Asian strategic imperatives and Chinese strategic aims in the region; followed by an analysis of Southeast Asian views of the consequences of China's rise in the military, political, and economic realms; and an analysis of Southeast Asian responses to the China challenge with regard to their larger regional security strategies. It concludes with outstanding questions about the strategic implications of China's rise for the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)809-832
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


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