This book argues that the new great power contest between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, which has as its epicentre the complex Indo-Pacific region, is having a detrimental impact on the region’s existing order system. Analysing why the great powers are increasingly at loggerheads, the manifold risks this entails, and how the various stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific can find a durable regional order more constructive than confrontational, the book, avoiding theory, proposes a new equilibrium based on practical ways to manage burgeoning conflict and maintain order and stability by compartmentalising problems and challenges while seeking to maintain a balance among stakeholder interests.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Part I: Thinking the Indo-Pacific Equilibrium Conceptually 2. Assessing Risks, Shaping Strategy Part II: U.S.-China Relations and the Indo-Pacific: From Honeymoon to Rivalry 3. The Indo-Pacific: In Search of a Definition 4. Sino-American Relations at the End of History 5. New Age Great Power Rivalry 6. Contested Spaces in the Indo-Pacific. How Assertive is China’s New Assertiveness? Part III: Operationalising a New Indo-Pacific Equilibrium 7. Constraining China: The Role of Balancing Coalitions 8. Engaging the Region: The Role of The Significant Others 9. Conclusion
Frederick Kliem is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.