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The Southeast Asian Military Modernisation under the Indo-Pacific Strategic Context
Dr Wu Shang-Su Research Fellow
Dr Wu Shang-Su
Southeast Asian countries with their central location between the Indian and Pacific Oceans have obviously important roles in the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) Strategy. Aside from geographic locations, these Southeast Asian countries gradually build up their navies. Despite their relatively inferior maritime power, the Southeast Asian countries with their home field advantage could affect the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region, an important factor for the FOIP. Based on their non-alliance tradition and economic interests with China, Southeast Asian countries show no sign of joining FOIP, especially when the content of the FOIP is still under development, but the existing cooperation between Southeast Asian countries and the Quad (United States, Japan, India, Australia) would facilitate further development for the strategy connecting the two oceans.
|Theme:||International Politics and Security|
|Region:||East Asia and Asia Pacific / South Asia / Southeast Asia and ASEAN|