East Asia’s Relations with a Rising China 東アジアと台頭する中国との関係

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Edited by Narayanan Ganesan, Lam Peng Er and Colin Dürkop (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2010)

This edited book is the outcome of an international workshop that was hosted by the East Asian Institute in Singapore and funded by the German Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in August 2008.

The workshop was designed to identify the nature of bilateral relations between individual East Asian countries and their relationship with China. The intention was both to explore the nuances underpinning the relationship and how these might be transformed in turn as China increases its economic and political power internationally.

The book comprises a total of 13 chapters and the first three are dedicated to a general treatment of China within East Asia, China’s diplomacy towards the region and regional perceptions of China based on a survey. Of the remaining 10 chapters, three deal with Northeast Asia and examine the bilateral relations between North Korea, South Korea and Japan towards China. The remaining seven chapters deal with Southeast Asia and essentially detail the relations between Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar and their bilateral relations with China.

The general impression gleaned from this study is that most countries would prefer an accommodative rather than confrontational relationship with China. Such a preference is exhibited even by countries like Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia that have in the past viewed China and its aspirations and strategic interests with suspicion.