ASEAN-related regional arrangements, China, and the US rebalancing

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Asia Pacific Countries and the US Rebalancing Strategy

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Palgrave Macmillan US


Chung offers a description and analysis of the US involvement in Southeast Asia, particularly its roles and influences in regional arrangements led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), arising from US President Obama’s “pivot” or “rebalance” to Asia. The chapter portrays Southeast Asia as a site of strategic and economic contestation between the USA and China, as Southeast Asian countries consider China to be an economic opportunity yet also a security concern, especially vis-à-vis sovereignty disputes over islands in the South China Sea, and desire a US presence to balance China. Since this is also an important aim of the US “rebalance,” the USA welcomes ASEAN’s invitation to participate in the East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum, and ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting Plus.



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Copyright © David W.F. Huang and Chien-peng Chung 2016. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

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ISBN of the source publication: 9781137587978

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Chung, C.-P. (2016). ASEAN-related regional arrangements, China, and the US rebalancing. In D. H. F. Huang (Ed.), Asia Pacific countries and the US rebalancing strategy (pp. 137-153). New York: Palgrave Macmillan US.