China’s Rise: So What for Southeast Asia |

China’s Rise: So What for Southeast Asia


It is a core assumption in international politics is that a country that manages rapidly to build up its economic and military capabilities will seek to project its power beyond its borders. In this process, the burden of accommodating the rising state’s power will fall disproportionately on its weaker neighbours, which are less capable of ‘fighting back’. In the case of contemporary East Asia, if, as predicted, rising China would increasingly try to get other states to do what they otherwise would not have done, we would expect to find evidence of this especially amongst its relatively weak neighbours in Southeast Asia. How and how effectively has China converted its growing resources in into influence over Southeast Asian states, their strategic choices and the outcomes of events? The speaker examines three ways in which China has exercised its power in Southeast Asia – by persuasion, inducement and coercion – and identifies key case studies in the economic, political and military realm that demonstrate the varying means and efficacy with which China has influenced the preferences and behaviour of its Southeast Asian neighbours. She suggests that even though China’s power resources have increased significantly, the way in which it has managed to convert these resources into control over outcomes is uneven.

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Dr. Evelyn Goh, Reader in International Relations Royal Holloway, University of London

Tuesday, 26 July 2011
5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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