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1st Edition

Power Transition in Asia

ISBN 9781138361256
Published August 14, 2018 by Routledge
240 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



Notes on Contributors


Continuity and Change in the Adjustments of Small and Middle Powers in Asia to the Power Shift to the East

David Walton

Part I: Conceptual and Historical Contexts of Power Transition

Chapter 1

The Theory and Practice of Power Shift Revisited

Michael Cox

Chapter 2

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

Chapter 3

Power Transition in Asia: The View from China

Ren Xiao

Chapter 4

Chinese IR Theory Responds to the Power Transition

Hung-jen Wang

Part III: Asia-PACIFIC Reactions to the Power Transition

Chapter 5

Pivots, Transitions, and Distractions: Power Transition Theory in East Asia and the US-Japan-China Relationship

Steven F. Jackson

Chapter 6

Australia’s Asian Mirror

Malcolm Cook

Chapter 7

Sino-Indonesia relations towards 2050: the burden of history and the burden of expectations

Steven Drakeley

Chapter 8

The Senkaku/Diaoyudao territorial dispute: Legal, historical, and political perspectives

Go Ito

Chapter 9

Indian Perceptions of the Power Transition

Harsh V. Pant

Chapter 10

China’s Rise and the Future of Cross-Strait Relations: Certainty in the Midst of Uncertainty

Yitan Li and Enyu Zhang

Chapter 11

Russian Perceptions of the Power Transition

Artyom Lukin

Chapter 12

Vietnam Perceptions of the Power Transition

Kim Huynh and Thanh Hai Do



Whether Power Transition and Whither if One?

Emilian Kavalski


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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.