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Southeast Asia and the Rise of China

The Search for Security, 1st Edition

By Ian Storey


370 pages

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Since the early 1990s and the end of the Cold War, the implications of China's rising power have come to dominate the security agenda of the Asia-Pacific region. This book is the first to comprehensively chart the development of Southeast Asia’s relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from 1949 to 2010, detailing each of the eleven countries’ ties to the PRC and showing how strategic concerns associated with China's regional posture have been a significant factor in shaping their foreign and defence policies. In addition to assessing bilateral ties, the book also examines the institutionalization of relations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.

The first part of the book covers the period 1949-2010: it examines Southeast Asian responses to the PRC in the context of the ideological and geopolitical rivalry of the Cold War; Southeast Asian countries’ policies towards the PRC in first decade of the post-Cold War era; and deepening ties between the ASEAN states and the PRC in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Part Two analyses the evolving relationships between the countries of mainland Southeast Asia - Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia - and China. Part Three reviews ties between the states of maritime Southeast Asia - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Brunei and East Timor - and the PRC. Whilst the primary focus of the book is the security dimension of Southeast Asia-China relations, it also takes full account of political relations and the burgeoning economic ties between the two sides. This book is a timely contribution to the literature on the fast changing geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region.


'Ian Storey is an old Asia hand – a senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and editor of Contemporary Southeast Asia… His deep background is evident in this book about the foreign policies of Southeast Asian states towards China and China’s stance towards each country… the book is clearly a very useful analysis and compendium of a huge amount of diplomatic history. Anyone trying to understand where Southeast Asian foreign policy has been and why it has changed should refer to this book.' - David Dapice, New Mandala, 2013.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Evolution of Southeast Asia-China Relations, 1949-2010 1. Southeast Asia and China and the Cold War: Aversion, Alliance, Accommodation 2. Southeast Asia and China in the 1990s: Engagement and Hedging 3. Southeast Asia and China in the New Century, 2000-2010 Part 2: Mainland Southeast Asia and the PRC 4. Vietnam and China: Steering a Path Between Hostility and Dependence 5. Thailand and China: A Special Relationship 6. Burma/Myanmar and China: From Deference to Dependency 7. Laos and China: New Opportunities Test Old Loyalties 8. Cambodia and China: A Tightening Relationship Part 3: Maritime Southeast Asia and the PRC 9. Indonesia and China: Ambivalent Relations 10. Malaysia and China: Rhetoric and Reality 11. Singapore and China: The Lion City Engages the Emerging Dragon 12. The Philippines and China: Mischief in the Reefs 13. Brunei and China: Distant Relations 14. East Timor and China: Beijing Looks to Secure Long-Term Interests

About the Author

Ian Storey is a Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, and editor of Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs. He co-edited The China Threat: Perceptions, Myths and Reality (also published by Routledge).

About the Series

Routledge Security in Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East on all aspects of security in Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General