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ASEAN and Strategic Rivalry among the Great Powers in Asia

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
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  • Asian Studies
  • International Relations
  • Asean
  • China
  • United States Of America
  • Japan
  • India
  • Great Powers
  • Geopolitics
  • Stability
  • International Relations
  • 320
  • 324
  • 327
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  • Political Science


This paper looks at ASEAN’s role in the context of the three main bilateral relations among the great powers in Asia: China-US, China-Japan, and China-India. The authors argue that although ASEAN’s influence is limited in terms of geographical reach and its impact on actual security issues, Southeast Asia is potentially an important object of great power rivalry and thus the sub-region is highly relevant to Asian geopolitics. The key question with regard to geopolitical stability is how ASEAN will deal with increased great power rivalries in its own sub-region.

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