With China’s emergence as a powerful entity in Southeast Asia, the region has become an unlikely site of conflict between two of the world’s great powers. The United States, historically regarded as the protector of Pacific Southeast Asia—consisting of nations such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Malaysia—is now called upon to respond to what many would consider bullying on the part of the Chinese. These and other countries have become the economic and political engine of China.
While certainly inclined to help the country’s former allies, the United States has grown undeniably closer to China in the recent decades of global interconnected economic growth. China, the United States, and the Future of Southeast Asia uncovers and delves into the complicated dynamics of this situation. Covering topics such as the controversial response to human rights violations, the effects of global economic interconnectedness, and contested sovereignty over resource-rich islands, this volume provides a modern and nuanced perspective on the state of the region.
For anyone interested in understanding the evolving global balance of power, China, the United States, and the Future of Southeast Asia illuminates how countries as different as Thailand and Indonesia see the growing competition between Beijing and Washington.
“A timely and valuable resource for policy makers, investors, think tankers and students alike. With globalization under scrutiny and protectionist sentiment rising in the US and Europe, Southeast Asia deserves the careful attention paid by David Denoon and his colleagues. Tightly organized and edited, this comprehensive collection is a cornucopia of information and analysis covering the political diversity, economic advantages, institutional architecture and the forces of integration at work in the region, as well as the future challenges it faces.”
—Nicholas Platt, President Emeritus, Asia Society; former US Ambassador, Philippines, Pakistan, and Zambia
“Denoon combines extensive knowledge of Southeast Asia and China and has organized a superb collection of essays comparing the current role of China and the United States in this volatile region. This volume explores economic, strategic, and domestic political issues with authors from all the key countries concerned, so the reader has the advantage of competing perspectives as well. This is an outstanding volume for both the policy and academic communities.”
—Richard H. Solomon, Senior Fellow at the RAND Corporation and former President of the U.S. Institute of Peace
"The authors contributing to this book provide expert critical analyses of the domestic and international political, economic and strategic forces reshaping the Southeast Asia international order. The book is timely as Southeast Asia adjusts to China’s growing power and influence and hedges against the unknowns of American policy."
—Donald E. Weatherbee, Russell Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina
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