Current preoccupations with the 'rise of Asia' attest to the nascent contestation of the very idea of what the pattern of international politics should look like and how it should be practiced. In this respect, the growing reference to a 'shift to the East' in global politics has become a popular shorthand for the nascent 'power transition' in world affairs. This volume offers a detailed conceptual and empirical investigation of the dynamics of power transition in Asia and details the accommodation strategies and coping mechanisms of different small and middle powers in Asia and, importantly, China's responses to these approaches.
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Notes on Contributors
Continuity and Change in the Adjustments of Small and Middle Powers in Asia to the Power Shift to the East
Part I: Conceptual and Historical Contexts of Power Transition
The Theory and Practice of Power Shift Revisited
Hegemonic Turnover in East Asia: A Historical Review since the Nineteenth Century
Tung-Chieh Tsai and Tony Tai-Ting Liu
Part II: Chinese Reactions to the Power Transition
Power Transition in Asia: The View from China
Chinese IR Theory Responds to the Power Transition
Part III: Asia-PACIFIC Reactions to the Power Transition
Pivots, Transitions, and Distractions: Power Transition Theory in East Asia and the US-Japan-China Relationship
Steven F. Jackson
Australia’s Asian Mirror
Sino-Indonesia relations towards 2050: the burden of history and the burden of expectations
The Senkaku/Diaoyudao territorial dispute: Legal, historical, and political perspectives
Indian Perceptions of the Power Transition
Harsh V. Pant
China’s Rise and the Future of Cross-Strait Relations: Certainty in the Midst of Uncertainty
Yitan Li and Enyu Zhang
Russian Perceptions of the Power Transition
Vietnam Perceptions of the Power Transition
Kim Huynh and Thanh Hai Do
Whether Power Transition and Whither if One?
David Walton is a Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies and International Relations at the University of Western Sydney.
Emilian Kavalski is Associate Professor of Global Studies at the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University.