The year 2013 saw Asia’s benign security landscape buffeted on several fronts. Strong headwinds came from rising tensions between the major powers, particularly the US and China. The much-hyped US ‘pivot’ to Asia heightened competition between the two powers, and this was aggravated by Beijing’s more aggressive stance towards her ASEAN neighbours over the territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and towards Japan over the Senkaku islands. Meanwhile, nuclear tensions in the Korean Peninsula remain, with no clear end in sight.
Annual Reviews / East Asia and Asia Pacific / Non-Traditional Security / Southeast Asia and ASEAN
Last updated on 03/11/2014