Southeast Asia and China: The role of history and culture in shaping future relations

Stuart-Fox, Martin (2004) Southeast Asia and China: The role of history and culture in shaping future relations. Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs, 26 1: 116-139.

Author Stuart-Fox, Martin
Title Southeast Asia and China: The role of history and culture in shaping future relations
Journal name Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0219-797X
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 116
End page 139
Total pages 24
Editor T. Ong
Place of publication Singapore
Publisher Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
430102 History - Asian
780199 Other
Abstract Despite the position of the United States as de facto global hegemon, China is a rising power in the world. As Chinese power grows, the projection of Chinese influence will be felt most acutely in Southeast Asia. Whether to accommodate, contain or resist China will depend on future developments that none can foresee, including Chinese ambitions, the policies of other international players (the U.S., Japan), and the cohesion or fragility of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN). This paper argues that in deciding how best to deal with China, two factors that will influence the countries of Southeast Asia are their own long histories of bilateral relations with China and their own differing conceptions of how foreign relations should be conducted. This is to argue that history and culture are central to any understanding of the likely future shape of China-Southeast Asia relations. Only by taking history and culture into account will analysts be in a position to predict how the mainland and maritime states of Southeast Asia are likely to respond to a more powerful, confident and assertive China.
Q-Index Code C1

 
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