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China's 'counter-hedging' engagement with Southeast Asia
Prospect Quarterly = 遠景基金會季刊
  • Chien Peng CHUNG, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Alternative Title
中共與東南亞的交往 :「反避險戰略」
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Journal article
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  • ASEAN,
  • Bilateral Free Trade Agreement,
  • Counter-hedging Strategy,
  • PRC,
  • Sovereign Disputes in South China Sea,
  • 中共,
  • 南海主權爭端,
  • 反避險戰略,
  • 東協,
  • 雙邊自由貿易協定

After the leadership transition in CCP's 16th Congress, the policy toward Southeast Asia of PRC will exhibit more continuity than disruption. Beijing desires to broaden and intensify existing modes of diplomatic, economic, security or socio-cultural interaction between China and the countries of Southeast Asia. China perceives that Southeast Asian countries has adopted a from of "hedging" or "fencestraddling" behavior of combining economic engagement with strategic hesitation when it comes to dealing with China. Southeast Asian countries hope to optimize economic opportunities and benefits with China, but also help the United States retain a military presence in the region and engage Japan in non-traditional security roles. China would want to turn Southeast Asia's desire to hedge on China into a longing for comprehensive cooperation instead. Beijing is prepared to adopt a strategy of "counter-hedging", including weakening the US-Japan alliance and bilateral alliances between the US and Southeast Asian countries, in reaching out to Southeast Asiancountries, to make them come to terms with China's leadership in Asia.


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Citation Information
Chung, C.-P. (2002). China's 'counter-hedging' engagement with Southeast Asia = 中共與東南亞的交往 :「反避險戰略」. Prospect Quarterly = 遠景基金會季刊, 4(3), 47-67.