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Great Power Rivalry and Maritime Order in Southeast Asia
Dr Bhubhindar Singh Associate Professor and Head of Graduate Studies
Dr Bhubhindar Singh
This chapter outlines Southeast Asia’s responses to the stiffening US-China strategic competition. This story is told in three sections. First, this chapter offers a historical background of Southeast Asia’s responses to great power competition. Southeast Asia is not new to great power competition. This has been a permanent feature of the region’s story. Second, it unpacks the US-China intensifying structural competition and how it impact Southeast Asia. The main point here is that Southeast Asia is not isolated to the unfolding US-China competition. The third section outlines Southeast Asia’s responses to this great power competition. The main point here is that the responses have been varied and complex. The Southeast Asian states are comfortable to exist in complexity, that is, in both US-led and China-led orders. While states may show stronger leanings towards one power over the other in specific issue areas, these states are not comfortable siding one over the other.
|Theme:||Country and Region Studies / International Politics and Security|
|Region:||East Asia and Asia Pacific / Southeast Asia and ASEAN|