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Understanding China’s South and North-East Asia Policies
Future Directions International (2011)
  • Vikas Kumar
In recent times, China’s aggressive posturing in boundary disputes has caused widespread concern in the Asia-Pacific region. Sensing growing opposition, China renewed co-operation with its neighbours to calm tensions. Still, policy-makers across the region are concerned at the prospect of China’s rise as the regional hegemon. The cycles of co-operative and non-cooperative moves, which characterise China’s foreign policy, bear closer scrutiny. At least five competing, but not mutually exclusive, explanations of China’s foreign policy in South and North-East Asia can be offered, which relate to different understandings of the intentions and compulsions of Chinese leaders and, by implication, different ways of engaging with a rising China. A fuller understanding of these explanations is indispensable.
Publication Date
December 14, 2011
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Vikas Kumar. "Understanding China’s South and North-East Asia Policies" Future Directions International (2011)
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