1st Edition

Asian Geopolitics and the US–China Rivalry

Edited By Felix Heiduk Copyright 2022
    254 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses the ways in which foreign policy actors in Asia have responded to the emerging great power conflict between the US and the People's Republic of China focusing on medium and small states across the Indo-Pacific.

    The book offers a much-needed counterpoint to existing analyses on the Indo-Pacific and China’s BRI and presents a new perspective by examining how great power politics are locally reinterpreted, conditioned, or at times even contested. It illustrates the policy-level challenges which the US-China rivalry poses for established political and economic practices and outlines how these challenges can be best addressed by smaller states and their societies.

    A timely assessment of the power play in the Indo-Pacific with the angle of Sino-American rivalry, this book makes an important contribution to the study of Political Science, International Relations, Asian Studies and Security Studies.

    Chapter 10 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

    1. Dancing with elephants: Asia and the Sino-American Rivalry

    Felix Heiduk

    2. From Globalization to Fragmentation? The Erosion of Confidence in the Asia-Pacific

    Rosemary Foot

    3. Many Players, Many Layers: The Indo-Pacific Long Game

    Rory Medcalf

    4. Making Multilateralism Matter: Middle Powers in the era of the U.S.-China Competition

    Joo Hee Kim

    5. Security Order and State Transformation in Asia: Beyond Geopolitics and Grand Strategy

    Lee Jones

    6. Reflecting on US-China Rivalries in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka

    Ganeshan Wignaraja

    7. India, Indo-Pacific Coalitions and China: From Alignment to Alliance?

    Jagannath P. Panda

    8. Major Power Competition and Southeast Asia: Institutional Strategies and Resources

    Alice D. Ba

    9. From Appeasement to Soft Balancing: The Duterte Administration’s Shifting Policy on the South China Sea Imbroglio

    Renato Cruz De Castro

    10. Beyond Strategic Hedging: Mahathir’s China Policy and the Changing Political Economy of Malaysia, 2018-2020

    Hong Liu

    11. Midfield or Margin? Myanmar and Neighbours in the Game

    Thi Thi Soe San

    12. The Role of Domestic Political Constraints in Navigating Great Power Relations: The Case of South Korea

    Seo-Hyun Park


    Felix Heiduk is Senior Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany.